“Mechanocracy,” Miles J. Breuer, 1932

“Mechanocracy,” Miles J. Breuer, 1932 – A man from a “standardized” city travels to the Himalayan country of Democratia and is tainted by “individuality,” for which he will receive the death penalty from the world government, a machine located in Washington DC.

Comments: Michael Page, in his introduction to The Man With the Strange Head, notes that this story “[c]ontinues the dystopian themes of Paradise and Iron and ‘A Problem in Communication’”…It also “recalls E.M. Forster’s classic, ‘The Machine Stops’ (1909) and Fritz Lang’s stunning film Metropolis (1927).  We see the theme of an all-controlling machine intelligence used frequently in science fiction”….”[U]sed by Poul Anderson’s ‘Sam Hall,’ Scortia’s novella ‘The Shores of Night,’ Brunner’s novel The Shockwave Rider,” and “most famously in Harlan Ellison’s ‘Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman.’  “Clumsy in execution” but “of interest for its meditations on the problems of mechanization and totalitarianism in the context of the early 1930’s and the rise of the totalitarian states in Europe that led to another world war and genocide.” 

Author: Wikipedia: “Miles John Breuer (January 3, 1889 – October 14, 1945) was an American physician and science fiction writer.”


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