“With the Eyes Shut,” Edward Bellamy, 1889 — H. Bruce Franklin: The story “is a dream journey into a world which has virtually replaced all writing with phonographic contrivances. It is a world of talking books, letters, newspapers, clocks, and trains–in short, another kind of blindman’s world. And like most of Bellamy’s purely speculative worlds, it is an ecstatically delightful world for its inhabitants and fictional visitors.”
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.”