Perhaps one of my favorite short stories, E.M.Forster's The Machine Stops, is a must read for anyone interested in technology, design, dystopian futurism, dirigibles, or long octopus type mechanical arms that are so blatantly riped off by the Matrix series.
Now some endeavoring artists have made a film re-imagining this classic. The Freise Brothers have an architecture background, but now work to "visualize narratives" through rendering and film. Their full short film has been making the rounds at film festivals and receiving attention through award nominations. After watching this trailer, visit their site and check out the making of. Very interesting.
The full text of the original story- THE MACHINE STOPS by E.M. Forster