Name this SciFi short story
March 4, 2011 11:11 PM Subscribe
What is the name of this science fiction short story that has stuck with me since I read it in the 80s?
posted by sparkatito to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I think it was a short story, but not 100% sure. I read it in the early to mid 1980s, but am unsure it if was published at that time or earlier. What I remember about the story: people live underground because they are not able to live on the earth's surface, probably due to nuclear holocaust. They spend all day in a chair that provides all physical and social needs. Information retrieval and communication with others are accomplished through an internet-like network. Eyes are replaced or enhanced so that all info/coms are available directly through the eyes, not a separate screen. At the end of the story the main character struggles to leave his chair and ventures up towards the surface. He manages to leave the underground living space, but is described as being like the first fish that managed to leave water to live on dry land, as if evolution is repeating a previous cycle.