The Machine Stops: A Science Fiction Classic

The Machine Stops: A Science Fiction Classic

by E. M. Forster
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The Machine Stops: A Science Fiction Classic by E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster (1879–1970) 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 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..." His 1908 novel, A Room with a View, is his most optimistic work, while A Passage to India (1924) brought him his greatest success.

First published in 1909, Forster's short science fiction work, "The Machine Stops," posits a technology-dependent humanity now living underground, its every need serviced by machines. But what happens if--or when--the machines stop? "The Machine Stops" was named one of the greatest science fiction novellas published before 1965 by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434446251
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 06/20/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 151,434
File size: 268 KB

About 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.

Date of Birth:

January 1, 1879

Date of Death:

June 7, 1970

Place of Birth:


Place of Death:

Coventry, England


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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