The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops

by E. M. Forster
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The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster

In this short science fiction story, Forster 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 was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy and also the attitudes towards gender and homosexuality 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: 9781434442123
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,037,265
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

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."

Forster was gay, but this fact was not made public during his lifetime. His posthumously released novel Maurice tells of the coming of age of an explicitly gay male character.

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

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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.
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