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The author of the book: E.M. Forster
Date of issue: June 3rd 2007
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Language: English
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I don't suggest beginning to read this without first looking at the initial publication date. I was several pages in and scoffing at the oh-so-obvious-it-isn't-even-symbolism-symbolism when I decided to back-peddle and see just how old this story is. My cheeks flamed up a whee bit as I realized that The Machine Stops is just over a hundred years old. *foot placed firmly in mouth* A HUNDRED YEARS AGO Forster was discussing the cyber-age...a hundred years ago when the camera was some sort of maddening breakthrough that Walter Benjamin hadn't even begun to be frightened of yet. Over 20 years before Huxley was warning of our Brave New World to come and 40 years before Orwell foresaw the coming threats of the year 1984. Decades before these masterworks, Forster had it more right than they would ever come close to being. My theory? E.M. Forster had a DeLorian.

This short story tells of an age where everything you need is at the reach of a button. Food(think online grocery shopping and pizza delivery), friendship (think facebook, myspace, goodreads), music (think itunes, ipods, soulseek, limewire), literature (think kindle) and lectures (think online courses and shotgun online degrees from colleges of little or no repute) are all available from within the confines of your one-room home, which is identical to every other home in your entire bee-hive society (think suburbs, housing editions, the averaging out and synchronizing of everything so as to strip it of all personality). People numbly embrace this manufactured world, pushing button after button in monotonous satisfaction. Essentially, they live in isolation, dependent on the internet to provide everything for them. Exercise is shunned and the earth's surface is depicted as a frightening and useless place. A religious devotion surrounds the machine from all who are dependent on it. Sound familiar?

As the title suggests, the shit hits the fan for this kind of existence. I don't want to spoil it for you, so I will just leave you with a question. What do you think would happen if our machine stopped? Would it look something like this?

This is a quick read which will solidify things which you (maybe, hopefully) know or have at the least given serious thought to at some point in your adult life. This story makes a similar suggestion to that of the amazing documentary Surplus and any number of sci-fi novels...that the machine will, in the end, be the destruction of itself if we allow ourselves to continue in excess, shunning things like real food, real love(making), real air, and real human interaction. We should maintain our reverence for the outdoors, for simplicity, for moderation. Step back and something on you own...take your bike that time...write a letter rather than an email, cook your own damn food and maybe even grow some of it yourself. Otherwise, it's all gonna go bust. Please note that I see the irony in ranting like this on the internet, and on a sort-of social networking site to boot. Hey, nobody's perfect, so piss off. All I'm saying is try a little. I'm trying to try! Try it.

*steps off soapbox, exits review*

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Ebook The Machine Stops read Online! Edward Morgan Forster, generally published as E.M. Forster, was an novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. His humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect".

He had five novels published in his lifetime, achieving his greatest success with A Passage to India (1924) which takes as its subject the relationship between East and West, seen through the lens of India in the later days of the British Raj.

Forster's views as a secular humanist are at the heart of his work, which often depicts the pursuit of personal connections in spite of the restrictions of contemporary society. He is noted for his use of symbolism as a technique in his novels, and he has been criticised for his attachment to mysticism. His other works include Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908) and Maurice (1971), his posthumously published novel which tells of the coming of age of an explicitly gay male character.

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