The Machine Stops Kindle Edition
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Another flaw? I read that this was Forster's only story of this type. Imagine. Had Forster devoted some time to this genre he'd be called one of the greats.
While there are passages which clearly date the work, E.M Forster's imagination of Skype-like teleconferencing technology feels uncanny. This is a worthy read for fans and writers of speculative fiction as it exemplifies the type story where the the beneficial technologies of the now become the threatening devices of the future. And, it completes its fully constructed arch in an efficient, well written package. Fans of William Gibson, Margret Atwood, George Orwell or Kurt Vonnegut (and like styles) will enjoy this quick read.
And what if it all stops? What if we can't find the energy sources or remember the skill set required to maintain our convenient world. This is what Forster is imagining and offering in this book.