I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

MaxPower October 15th, 2008

Surprise Google Trend result today – #85 being “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” which I am at a loss to explain the popularity of the search.

For those who don’t know, the title refers to a Hugo award winning Science Fiction short story written in 1967 by Hanlan Ellison and ranks as one of the best SF short stories I have read. Hanlan Ellison also wrote the Hugo winning short story “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman.

I Have No Mouth is a combination of post-apocalyptic cold war world with Skynet-esque sentient supercomputer which rules the world and a collection of 5 remaining humans. Equal parts fascinating and terrifying.

I won’t spoil the ending here, but the title gives you an idea.

Go out and read this short story, even if you aren’t a science fiction fan.