The Machine Stops (Version 3)

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: E. M. Forster

Narrated By: Elizabeth Klett

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2017

Duration: 1 hours 20 minutes


"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. ( Summary by Wikipedia )


  • Anonymous

    Interesting view from the past.

  • Suz c

    A must read for today's tech society. It is as if Forster had a crystal ball looking into some of the consequences of technology.

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