Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What Forster foresaw

I'm glad to see the New Zealand Book Council drawing
attention in its latest e-newsletter to E M Forster's short
story "The Machine Stops." Written in 1909, and unlike
anything else Forster ever wrote, it's a remarkably
prescient vision of the future as imagined by a great
writer 100 years ago. He got it far more right
than Wells or Verne ever did. "The Machine Stops" can
be found in Forster's Collected Short Stories and also in
its entirety here.

1 comment:

Dominic Rivron said...

It's a great story, and though we don't live in hexagonal cells in an undergound machine, the way people communicate in the story is so like the internet as to be positively spooky.