The narrator of Edward Bulwer-Lyttons book “The Coming Race” enters an unknown and utopian world beneath the surface of the earth, describing in detail his encounters. It is interesting that he starts using comparisons with the things he knows and that belong to the world he has lost. But after a while the things he tries to relate to in terms of comparison, turn strange and odd. The deer is not what it appeared to be at first and the first human he encounters, that he interestingly first describes as a “form” and then tries with help of a scale to put him in relation to the human race as he knows it, turns unfamiliar and oscillating between the known and the unknown, turns to be threatening (Sigmund Freuds term of the “un-heimlich”, as the former home that is lost and thus becomes eerie is a fruitful reference here to think with and links ofer to the Uncanny Valley, a term connected to Artificial Reality. See: See Edward Bulwer-Lyttons: The Coming Race. British Library, 1871, p 14;. Sigmund Freud: Das Unheimliche. In: Ders.: Studienausgabe, Bd. IV. Psychologische Schriften. Hg. v. Alexander Mitscherlich, Angela Richards, James Strachey. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1982).
Posthuman ideas can be found for example in the idea of the vril – a limitless source of energy which is essential to the Vril-ya, which is used for healing, as well as for communication, even telepathy.
With help of that force the Vril-ya even operate robot-like “automata” that perform minor work such as cleaning. Thus the idea of constructing nonhuman automata that extend the human in ways such as overtaking special tasks, is anticipated here.