“The Blindman’s World,” Edward Bellamy, 1886 — A civilization on Mars has the gift of foresight. This changes their perception of death, mourning, love, memory, and human literature, which is saddening, as it is written “in the past tense.” They pity humans, viewing them as disabled; particularly regrettable is their inability to see the date and manner of their deaths, which would release them from a thousand uncertainties. To them, humans are a “spectacle of a race doomed to walk backward, beholding only what has gone by, assured only of what is past and dead.”
Comments: Online text at Project Gutenberg. See H. Bruce Franklin’s commentary on Bellamy in Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century.
Author: Wikipedia: “Edward Bellamy (March 26, 1850 – May 22, 1898) was an American author and socialist, most famous for his utopian novel, Looking Backward, a Rip Van Winkle-like tale set in the distant future of the year 2000. Bellamy’s vision of a harmonious future world inspired the formation of over 160 ‘Nationalist Clubs’ dedicated to the propagation of Bellamy’s political ideas and working to make them a practical reality.”