Rise of the Machines

Fantastic Worlds- Rise of the Machines

The revolution in industrial mechanization that began in the mid-1700's progressed at an astounding pace throughout the 19th century, spurred in part by technological improvements in machining tools, steam engines, and iron forging. "Self-acting" machines, powered by steam or electricity, appeared to move of their own volition, accomplishing tasks once done only by human hands. Literary fiction of the time reflected this new industrial paradigm, speculating on the future and inventing wonders like steam-powered mechanical men. If machines could do human work, what more could they accomplish? 

Cover of Description of an artificial hand.

Description of an artificial hand

Cayley, George, Sir
Tyler and Reed
1845
Cover of Erewhon, or, Over the range

Erewhon, or, Over the range

Butler, Samuel
Trübner & Co.
1872
News from nowhere, or, An epoch of rest

News from nowhere, or, An epoch of rest

Morris, William
Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press
1892
Cover of Ozma of Oz a record of her adventures with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, the yellow hen, the scarecrow, the tin woodman, Tiktok, the cowardly lion and the h

Ozma of Oz

Baum, L. Frank
The Reilly & Britton Co
[c1907]