The aim of the Abinger Editions is to provide a new, properly edited library of the literary works of E.M. Forster that does justice to his literary genius. This collection provides an intriguing glimpse into E.M. Forster's abiding interest in paganism and mythology , the mysteries of nature, fantasies of the afterlife, and the possibility of magical transformation.
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The Machine Stops was first published in November of 1909 and is the one science fiction story in this collection, pre-dating both Brave New World and 1984. It tells of a dystopian future - 'the machine' has taken over the lives of men and it has an uncomfortable resonance today when so much human activity depends on computers. Forster referred to his stories as 'fantasies' and they contrast the freedom of paganism with the restraints of English civilization, the personal, sensual delights of the body with the impersonal, inhibiting rules imposed by society. Rich in irony and alive with sharp observations on the surprises life holds, the stories often feature violent events, discomforting coincidences. This volume includes all twelve stories published during Forster's lifetime.From Library Journal:
Though Forster is primarily remembered as a novelist, his short stories were paramount to his advancement as a writer. In addition to the title piece, this 1947 collection includes such stories as "The Celestial Omnibus," "The Point of View," and "The External Moment." Additionally, this includes Forster's introduction to the 1947 edition.
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