Out of the Unknown: Season 2, Episode 1

The Machine Stops (6 Oct. 1966)

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In the far future, the material needs of humankind are tended by the omnipresent Machine, which makes their environment, in vast tunnels beneath the earth, comfortable and safe. But safe ... See full summary »

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In the far future, the material needs of humankind are tended by the omnipresent Machine, which makes their environment, in vast tunnels beneath the earth, comfortable and safe. But safe from what? And what if the Machine Stops? A young boy, Kuno, finds his questions can't be answered until he has lifted the veil of security and trespassed upon the surface. Written by hutch48

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16 April 2005 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

I remember reading this book, whilst at Grammar school, in England, in the 60's. It was only after that time, that I realised that it was written in 1909. I thought, back then, that it was written in the 30's, which only makes its predictions even more astounding. Obviously, it is dated and naive, but bear in mind that it was written over 90 years ago.

This short story by E M Forster, foresaw the advent of TV, E-mail and the Internet. It predicts a bleak future where humans live underground and communicate via Cinematophote. An astounding vision of the future, remarkable for its time.

We haven't got that far yet, whereby direct human contact is avoided at all costs, but who knows what the future might bring?


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