Im Zauberlande Technika, also known as Schlaraffenleben im Zauberlande Technika. Ein Zukunftstraum in Wort und Bild (“Life in Technika, the Magical Land of Plenty. A dream of the future in words and pictures”) is an illustrated children’s book. Conceived by Paul Berendt, it was typeset, printed and published by Buchdruckerei Max Welzel in Kalk, Cologne, in 1933.
On 63 pages, the techno-futuristic fairy tale follows two children from Sagendorf, Hans and Grete, on their adventures in a land ruled by King Technikus and filled with aircraft, cars, and robots. They encounter a giant machine which, when fed with iron and sheet metal, spits out finished locomotives and tenders, and attend an amusing mechanical dance performance. Hans learns from the technocrats in the workshop school, and Grete imagines a rocket trip to the moon, before they return home on board of an airship.