Forster The Machine Stops 1909

E·M·福斯特 大机器停止 1909

  • Author: E. M. Forster
  • Copyright: Public domain
  • Published in: 1909
  • Word count: 12,294 words (≈ about 1 hour)

The Machine Stops is a short science fiction story. It describes a world in which almost all humans have lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual lives in isolation in a 'cell', with all bodily and spiritual needs met by the omnipotent, global Machine. Most humans welcome this development, as they are skeptical and fearful of first-hand experience. People forget that humans created the Machine, and treat it as a mystical entity whose needs supersede their own. Those who do not accept the deity of the Machine are viewed as 'unmechanical' and are threatened with "Homelessness".

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