Of dishwashers and cigarette lighters

The “letter to the editor” today at Dr. Boli’s magazine reminded me (and at least one other person) of Henry Kuttner’s tale from eighty years ago, “The Twonky.” I’ve occasionally wanted to post or link to the story, one of the more prophetic writings of the twentieth century, but until recently I hadn’t been able to find it online. You can read it here.1


  1. The story was published with the by-line “Lewis Padgett,” one of the names used by Kuttner and C.L. Moore for their joint stories, but “The Twonky” seems to me to be mostly or entirely Kuttner’s work.