E. M. Forster: The Machine Stops.
What was the good of going to Peking when it was just like Shrewsbury? Why return to Shrewsbury when it would all be like Peking? Men seldom moved their bodies; all unrest was concentrated in the soul.
Hm, 8 years ago… as an aging human being is supposed to do, I seem to start repeating myself more and more often… but then again, I was listening to the Level 42 song already in the 1980s so there goes that. And now I think Mark King is performing like a machine himself in that video. Nice, nice, very nice.
Of course the BBC made a short film out of the story, as an episode of their Out of The Unknown series.