010- The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster, 1909


Episode 10
Title: The Machine Stops
Author: E.M. Forster
Year: 1909
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Wherein a swaddled lump of flesh is addicted to social media.

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Paraguay, France, discussing the 1909 novella, "The Machine Stops", by E.M. Forster. This story concerns a far, far future evolution of humanity that neither of our hosts are interested in living in. If they could travel to the future, and they were stuck in this particular future, they would be far less happy than they are right now.

CORRECTIONS: In the audio, "The Machine Stops" is stated to have been written in 1928, but this is incorrect, as the actual year was 1909. That incorrect date was taken from the "Cities of Wonder" short story collection, edited by Damon Knight.

CORRECTION #2- Unfortunately, Ruiz did some research on Wikipedia, which inaccurately stated that E.M. Forster was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature 16 times. That is however, incorrect, as he was actually nominated 20 times.