Books: Punch Another

THE ETERNAL MOMENT—E.M. Forster —Harcourt Brace ($2.50). Fifteen years ago when these stories were written, television was not an accomplished fact, nor flying taken for granted. Yet "The Machine Stops" (one of the stories) presupposes these for a subterranean segregated existence, predicates a punch of the button for mechanical medical service, punch of another for compound food tablets, another for a lecture, and yet another for a symphony. But gradually the music goes bad, the artificial air fouls, and the great god machine deteriorates quickly to utter non-function, vomiting its inhabitants up...

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