Instead of reading, I’ve listened to E.M. Forster‘s short story The Machine Stops. Once in a while I listen to a book, but I still value highly the reading experience because it’s privates, it’s a moment for myself and listening to a book or watching its movie version doesn’t have the same effect.
While listening The Machine Stops I couldn’t help thinking that maybe something close to what it describes may still happen to us humans in the future. And it’s scary.
This is a sci-fi story that brought The Mattix trilogy to mind. Who knows, maybe Forster influenced the films’ writers. The influencing part I dig, I wish my writing will influence future writings as I’m influenced by past writers, but the being controlled by a machine part I didn’t like. Lets hope that won’t be our future.
- E.M. Forster: Why I Stopped Writing Novels (1958) (openculture.com)