The Veldt, by Ray Bradbury

Father and son using Virtual Reality glasses sitting outside

Bradbury’s classic scientific tale describes what can happen when virtual reality and “smart home” technology clash with Freudian psychology. As Freud himself once wrote about modern human beings: “In reality, they have not fallen as far as we feared because they never rose as high as we believed.”

The Veldt, by Ray Bradbury {31.04}

Beyond the Door, by Phillip K. Dick



Some of you have been asking when I’d get around to including some Phillip K. Dick on this site, but now the suspense is at an end – or, more like it, it’s only just beginning, because this story, like the rest of Dick’s writings, packs a pretty punch. Dick left us over thirty years ago, but he saw a lot of things coming a long way off. Like this comment, resurrected for the Snowden era:¬†There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’. That time is today. Touch√©, Phillip.

Regarding tonight’s podcast: I’ve never much cared for ticking clocks and watches myself, let alone chimes and cuckoos, and this story goes a long way to explaining why.

Beyond the Door, by Phillip K. Dick {15:45}