The Machine Stops
Archaeologies of the Future: Science Fiction and Interdisciplinary Research
The Machine Stops 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". With humans being highly dependable on the Machine, what would happen if the Machine stops?
"The Machine Stops" was originally published in 1909, and is in the Public Domain in the United States.
Forster, E. M. (2020). The Machine Stops. , (). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/db-hon-350-fall2020/2