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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. M. Forster Narrator: Jim Roberts Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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E. M. Forster is known primarily as a great English novelest of such books as A Passage to India, A Room with a View, and Where Angels Fear to Tread. In 1909, he wrote his only science-fiction story, and it proved to be a shocker. It describes a world of the future in which humans all remain in their cubicles while all their needs are met by a supercomputer called The Machine. They communicate with each other and attend online classes and meetings through the Machine, and people seldom meet face to face. A problem arises when one man, Kuno, decides he is not satisfied with staying in his room and decides to explore outside.

The story has proved to be far ahead of its time, with remarkably accurate predictions of modern technologies such as TV, online chat, and the Internet. This is a truly remarkable story and one that has many lessons of caution for today.

After being voted one of the best novellas up to 1965, it was included that same year in the populist anthology Modern Short Stories and in 1973 was also included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jd | 2/12/2014

    " Some reasonably goofy early sci-fi, with strangely annoying prose. Still, a quick and fun read as a period piece. There's a great bit about how the scholars of the future avoid any first-hand knowledge because people are scared of interacting with each other or leaving their rooms. So, of course, they decide that first-hand knowledge is less valuable, and that knowledge becomes better as you become further removed from your subject. The best work is a commentary on a commentary on a commentary to the tenth power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill H | 2/5/2014

    " A compact little novella on man's future in the technological world he's created but perhaps cannot control. With many now-familiar tropes we know from THX-1138, The Matrix, Logan's Run and the like -- but this one was published in 1910! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jan | 1/28/2014

    " The book gives a good view of what the current path of development of the dependency on machines could lead to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katlyn | 1/16/2014

    " so cool, thought-provoking "

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