The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops

3.4 7
by E. M. Forster
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The Machine Stops is a short science fiction story. It describes a world in which almost all humans have lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual lives in isolation in a 'cell', with all bodily and spiritual needs met by the omnipotent, global Machine. Most humans welcome this development, as they are skeptical and fearful of first-hand

Overview

The Machine Stops is a short science fiction story. It describes a world in which almost all humans have lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual lives in isolation in a 'cell', with all bodily and spiritual needs met by the omnipotent, global Machine. Most humans welcome this development, as they are skeptical and fearful of first-hand experience. People forget that humans created the Machine, and treat it as a mystical entity whose needs supersede their own. Those who do not accept the deity of the Machine are viewed as 'unmechanical' and are threatened with "Homelessness". Eventually, the Machine apocalyptically collapses, and the civilization of the Machine comes to an end.

Edward Morgan Forster, OM (January 1, 1879 - June 7, 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. Forster's humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609420666
Publisher:
International Alliance Pro-Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
09/21/2010
Pages:
70
Sales rank:
1,067,955
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author

Born in London in 1879, E. M. Forster is the author of six novels: Where Angels Fear to Tread, The Longest Journey, A Room with a View, Howard’s End, A Passage to India, and Maurice, the last published posthumously. He also wrote a number short stories, in addition to criticism and essays. His books have been adapted into several popular movies. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 13 separate years. He died in 1970.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 1, 1879
Date of Death:
June 7, 1970
Place of Birth:
London
Place of Death:
Coventry, England
Education:
B. A. in classics, King's College, Cambridge, 1900; B. A. in history, 1901; M.A., 1910

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Machine Stops 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Reader24112 More than 1 year ago
Interesting view of the future, well-written, though very short read. E-book is annoying with several spelling errors.
spaddeck More than 1 year ago
Good story, but this edition (Nook Book) has many misspellings. I wish I had known; I would not have purchased it. Shame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ages ago, I read this short story from one of my husbands' college textbooks. I never got it out of my mind. It becomes more apropos every year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I know why it is a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago