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The Machine Stops and Other Stories (Collector's Library) [Hardcover]

E. M. Forster
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1 Sep 2012 Collector's Library
"The Machine Stops" was first published in November of 1909 and is the one science fiction story in this collection, pre-dating both "Brave New World" and "1984". It tells of a dystopian future - 'the machine' has taken over the lives of men and it has an uncomfortable resonance today when so much human activity depends on computers. Forster referred to his stories as 'fantasies' and they contrast the freedom of paganism with the restraints of English civilization, the personal, sensual delights of the body with the impersonal, inhibiting rules imposed by society. Rich in irony and alive with sharp observations on the surprises life holds, the stories often feature violent events, discomforting coincidences. This volume includes all twelve stories published during Forster's lifetime.

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Library (1 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907360719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907360718
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 9.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 21 Sep 2000
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A wonderful book of short stories looking at the relationship between man and the natural world. The Machine Stops is a stark warning against too much reliance on technology, relevant now even more than when it was written, with the increase of computers in the home and the internet.
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A brilliant science fiction story written at a time whn few stories like that were written. It is about an underground city where suddenly the machinery preserving life begins to break down. Beautifully written.
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A very interesting collection of short stories. E.M. Forster is not at home with the short story format, the novel being his forte. His stories are good but he tends towards character development when plot is of the essence. O'Henry and Chekov are masters of this genre. However Forester is worth reading.
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