Jul 18 2007

The Machine Stops

Published by at 1:02 pm under Books,General,retro

E. M Forster

I have long remembered reading this short story in some high school English class. I didn’t remember it very well, but it is probably the only specific story that I can remember reading after around 50 years. It obviously had a strong impact, and I wanted to ‘read’ it again to refresh my memory. This time I listened to an audio recording provided by Libivox rather than turning pages. The story was written almost 100 years ago and is amazingly prescient about some aspects of the Internet as it now exists. But, it is a dark tale and very much a cautionary tale about over reliance on technology. A highly recommended listen or read. (Internet “haters” will love it.)

If reading it via the Internet is not too uncomfortable, the full text can be found here, and here.

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