The Machine Stops
This is one of 50 fascinating, disturbing, moving or funny short books published in an appealing new format to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Penguin Modern Classics’.
‘”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.