The Machine Stops
Studies in Literature
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?
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Forster, E. M.. "The Machine Stops." Transcribed from The Eternal Moment and other Stories by E.M. Forster, Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd. (London, 1928) and The Collected Tales of E.M. Forster, The Modern Library (New York, 1968). 1909. Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/db-hu-142-fall2021/1.