A Dark Vision Of 'Paris In The 20th Century' Commentator Andrei Codrescu has been thinking about how the writer Jules Verne shaped his vision of the future. But reading Paris in the 20th Century -- written in 1863 and published only in 1994 -- he gets a darker vision from Verne, where humans are being replaced by robots. He knows why Verne waited a hundred years to publish this view.
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A Dark Vision Of 'Paris In The 20th Century'

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A Dark Vision Of 'Paris In The 20th Century'

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Commentator Andrei Codrescu has been thinking about how the writer Jules Verne shaped his vision of the future. But reading Paris in the 20th Century — written in 1863 and published only in 1994 — he gets a darker vision from Verne, where humans are being replaced by robots. He knows why Verne waited a hundred years to publish this view.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, Host:

When he was young, our commentator Andrei Codrescu used to find a rosy outlook in the writings of a certain French writer and futurist. More recently, he's been finding that outlook doesn't look quite so bright.

ANDREI CODRESCU: I might have lived in a cave if you weren't so optimistic about the future, dear Jules, Monsieur Verne. I have no choice now but to download you into my Kindle, more fuel for the bonfires greeting the sci-fi year 2011.

CORNISH: Commentator Andrei Codrescu says his new book "The Poetry Lesson" is the last book written by a human.

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