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The Machine Stops

“But humanity, in its desire for comfort, had over-reached itself. It had exploited the riches of nature too far. Quietly and complacently, it was sinking into decadence, and progress had come to mean progress of the machine.”

E.M.Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’ is a science fiction novella that sees humanity isolated beneath the ground, enmeshed in automated comforts. Initially published in The Oxford and Cambridge Review (November 1909), and voted one of the best novellas up to 1965, the story is particularly notable for predicting new technologies such as instant messaging and the Internet.

The Machine Stops – Part One

The Machine Stops – Part Two

The Machine Stops – Part Three


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