The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 15/02/2011
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The Machine Stops
Two very intriguing and well written short stories. The Machine Stops is creepy, claustrophobic and ultimately incredibly sad. A tale of a future that in... READ MORE
Grace At Birmingham


'"You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that."'E.M. Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but these two affecting short stories brilliantly combine the fantastical with the allegorical. In 'The Machine Stops', humanity has isolated itself beneath the ground, enmeshed in automated comforts, and in 'The Celestial Omnibus' a young boy takes a trip his parents believe impossible.This book contains The Machine Stops and A Celestial Omnibus.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141195988
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Weight: 63g
  • Dimensions: 161 x 111 x 7 mm

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The Machine Stops
I quite liked this book
I was asked to review this book by Waterstones. Having read other books i.e. Room with A View I thought that I knew what to expect from this author. I lik... READ MORE
The Machine Stops
We continue to reinvent the Machine
Like so many books required to be read at school, it is only with hindsight enhanced by worldly experience that the reader is able to appreciate the insigh... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Machine Stops
Going Underground
This Penguin Modern Classics version of 'The Machine Stops' also includes 'The Celestial Omnibus'. 'The Machine Stops' tells the story of an Earth where t... READ MORE
The Machine Stops
I've not read any E. M. Forster before so I came to this little book with no preconceptions. Both stories are well written but naturally show their age. (... READ MORE
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