Free Audio Friday: The Machine Stops

machinestopsIt’s Free Audio Friday, and today Elizabeth is featuring her LibriVox recording of E. M. Forster’s classic work of science fiction, The Machine Stops. You can download it for free here; you can also listen to it as part of a podcast at SFFAudio. For those familiar with Forster’s well-known novels (and their film versions) such as A Room With a ViewHowards End and A Passage to India, this novella might come as a surprise. Written in 1909, the story describes a world in which most of the human population has lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual now lives in isolation below ground in a standard “cell,” with all bodily and spiritual needs met by the omnipotent, global Machine. It’s a startlingly prescient tale from Forster – happy listening!

(The image is a screen shot from a short film inspired by the story, which you can watch at Vimeo.)

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