That Short Story That changed your life?

E. M Forster The Machine Stops, that was mine. I remember reading, incredulous to the idea that it had been written over 100 years ago. Questioning, how could someone who hadn’t seen the invention of television be describing the lives of humanity in a digital age.

Today, the stories relevance and commentary on the way technology can corrupt humanity is more important than ever.

So what short story made an impact on you? Why should everyone read it?

Comment and let me know

Peace and love,

Novel-Thoughts

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  1. Hi – this is a lovely idea for a post. I haven’t read “The Machine Stops”, but I completely agree that it’s fascinating when past writers’ imagined futures compare with our present reality.

    I was fortunate enough to study a whole variety of short stories for my GCSE exams when I was at school. I’d not had an interest in short stories until then, so it was great to have a proper introduction to the genre. I particularly remember Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, about historic approaches to women’s mental health, and Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains”, about a deserted high-tech home in the aftermath of nuclear attack. “There Will Come Soft Rains” probably influenced my recent research into nuclear anxiety in literature.

    My favourite short stories are those by Roald Dahl. They have great twists and are very witty and dark. Characters construct schemes, gamble with the wrong things, and fall victim to their own character flaws. The perhaps dystopian “Great Automatic Grammatizor” imagines what will happen when machines can write stories better than humans can, so I’d recommend that for anyone interested in the AI or machine learning debate.

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