"...in fifty years, do you believe that people will be recognizably human?"
The idea of a "sun room" is obviously not unique to science fiction, but it is presented in the story as a medical necessity for the human animal in a particular setting; in this case, a life lived in an artificial environment, a single immense building.
The reader of the original story in Science Wonder Stories is given a great visualization of this scene:
(Sunparlor in 'The Cubic City' by Reverend Louis Tucker, D.D.)
The author adds the following description:
The inner half of the glass floor rose a trifle and was filled with steamer chairs; and in these chairs, basking in the spring sunshine, lay quite a number of people in bathing suits, while others strolled along the pathway.
Compare to the sun-room from Foundation by Isaac Asimov.
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