By: D.H. Lawrence
September 21, 2023

A (pro- or anti-) science-, mathematics-, technology-, space-, apocalypse-, dehumanization-, disenchantment-, and/or future-oriented poem published during sf’s emergent Radium Age (c. 1900–1935). Research and selection by Joshua Glenn.

George Grosz’s Daum marries her pedantic automaton George in May 1920, John Heartfield is very glad of it (1920)

It is curious, too, that though the modern
      man in the street
is a robot, and incapable of love
he is capable of an endless, grinding,
      nihilistic hate:
that is the only strong feeling he is capable
and therein lies the danger of robot-
      democracy and all the men in the
they move in a great grind of hate, slowly
      but inevitably.

— From More Pansies (1932), published posthumously.


RADIUM AGE PROTO-SF POETRY: Stephen Spender’s THE PYLONS | George Sterling’s THE TESTIMONY OF THE SUNS | Archibald MacLeish’s EINSTEIN | Thomas Thornely’s THE ATOM | C.S. Lewis’s DYMER | Stephen Vincent Benét’s METROPOLITAN NIGHTMARE | Robert Frost’s FIRE AND ICE | Aldous Huxley’s FIFTH PHILOSOPHER’S SONG | Sara Teasdale’s “THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS” | Edith Södergran’s ON FOOT I HAD TO… | Robert Graves’s WELSH INCIDENT | Nancy Cunard’s ZEPPELINS | D.H. Lawrence’s WELLSIAN FUTURES | & many more.


Poetry, Radium Age SF