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I fell squarely on the side that the novel could certainly be equated with Vernean prognostication, and eventually that's how we decided to present it, even though no such disaster had yet happened, at least on the level described by Farmer.
So what we have is someone who identified his own work as in the tradition of Wells, who recognised that same heritage in the pulps, who was able to distinguish Wellsian rationalism from Vernean romance, and whose novel features world governments, artificial language and other such hypotheticals.