The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops  (1909) 
by E. M. Forster

The Machine Stops is a science fiction short story (of 12,000 words) by E. M. Forster. After initial publication in The Oxford and Cambridge Review (November 1909), the story was republished in Forster's The Eternal Moment and Other Stories in 1928. It was also included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two in 1973 after being voted one of the best novellas up to 1965. Excerpted from The Machine Stops on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.

The author died in 1970, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.