Story summary.Three untitled but connected stories that explore the implications of ever more capable machines - first must have read like a rant when it appeared, but now appears so prophetic; second, a funny tale of gossip among 4 women from far future, records a major milestone on the path to man's elimination by machines; last is a dark story of the end of the last man.
- I find it curious that even in future so far off, "the Eastern races had been led to destroy themselves" before the presumably Western ones!
- The way human rebels are taken care of in "Automata" reminded me of Joseph E Kelleam's "Rust", one of the very best dystopian classics of the genre.
Fact sheet.First published: Weird Tales, September 1929. [via Earl Kemp]
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Related: Stories of Sydney Fowler Wright; Fiction from 1920s; Tuesday Classics.