English novelist, essayist and short story writer Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879. He is best known for his novels exploring themes of British imperialism, class difference, repression, hypocrisy and the attitudes towards gender and homosexuality in early 20th-century British society. Forster’s first major success was Howards End (1910). Today, most people know of E.M. Forster due to the film adaptations of that and other works including A Passage to India, A Room with a View, and Where Angels Fear to Tread. When World War One broke out, Forster became a conscientious objector. He spent the wartime years in Alexandria doing civilian work and visited India twice. After he returned to England, he wrote A Passage to India (1924), a novel examining the British colonial occupation. It was the last novel Forster published during his lifetime, but he continued to write short stories and essays until his death in 1970. The Machine Stops, Forster's only science fiction story, was originally published in 1909 in The Oxford and Cambridge Review, then collected in Forster’s The Eternal Moment and Other Stories in 1928. In 1973 it was selected for The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two.

Science Fiction Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 17

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