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The Machine Stops

Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

1. 1 - The Air-Ship
2. 2 - The Mending Apparatus
3. 3 - The Homeless

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Summary

"The Machine Stops" is a science fiction short story by E. M. Forster. After initial publication in The Oxford and Cambridge Review (November 1909), the story was republished in Forster's The Eternal Moment and Other Stories in 1928. After being voted one of the best novellas up to 1965, it was included that same year in the populist anthology Modern Short Stories. The story describes a world in which most of the human population has lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual now lives in isolation below ground in a standard 'cell', with all bodily and spiritual needs met by the omnipotent, global Machine.

Reviews

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- Man vs. machine

Speaker was great. Clear voice and expressions. A tale of conflict. Man vs maachine. Isolation vs Social contact. Dependance vs independance. These are ideas that are very relevant to every human being from today to future.

andy wogan

- The Machine Stops

Possibly the best tale I have heard in this medium. To label it Sci-fi does not do it justice. I believe the readers delivery was near perfect with just the right amount of pathos which had me despairing for humanity.