Around 1992 Mondo 2000 magazine asked: "R.U A Cyperpunk?"
In the summer of 1897, the Devil transported a minor Decadent poet
named Enoch Soames one hundred years into the future to see what posterity would make of his work
. The only witness to the affair was the parodist Max Beerbohm
, whose account
of Soames and his journey ensured that at 2:10 P.M. on June 7, 1997, some dozen pilgrims waited in the Round Reading Room of the British Museum to see the poet appear
The steam-powered drum machine
- an astonishing extract from the journal of Charles Franklin, the founder of the London Museum of Techno. Written in 1894, Franklin describes a steam-powered drum machine and what may have been the world's first rave. "Driven by the thunderous rhythms of Hoovenaars tremendous "drum machine" the crowd - academics and dockers, architects and cobblers - were whipped into a frenzy, dancing and screaming like savages until sunrise, when the Machine finally ground to a halt with a suffering hiss.