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Includes the dystopian tale, ‘The Machine Stops’

The Eternal Moment and other Stories.

London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1928.

Price: $550.00

About the item

First edition. [viii], 188 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Includes the dystopian tale, ‘The Machine Stops’. Maroon cloth gilt. Fine copy in the scarce printed dust jacket (some toning to spine panel). Kirkpatrick A13a; Negley, Utopian Literature, 378; Wessells 20.

Item #366524

Forster’s science fiction story “The Machine Stops” is a picture of a hyper-connected world — where mediated or virtual communication has replaced direct personal contact. First published in The Oxford and Cambridge Review in 1909, Forster intended it “as a counter-blast to one of the heavens of H. G. Wells.”.