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A story for our times
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 08:53:17 -0400

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From: "Mary Shaw" <mary.shaw () gmail com>
Date: August 21, 2008 8:46:10 AM EDT
To: "David Farber" <dave () farber net>
Subject: A story for our times


I've just (re?)read Ray Bradbury's short story "The Flying Machine". It relates a tale of Emperor Yuan, who held his throne by the Great Wall of China in 400 AD, ruling over a prosperous and happy kingdom. One morning a servant reports to him a miracle -- a man is flying! The Emperor gazes at the miracle, flying high over the Great Wall. The story tells what the Emperor did in response to this miracle in order to preserve the tranquility and prosperity of his kingdom.

Change the time to the present, change the miraculous technology, and change the Emperor's name to Emperor Mpaa Riaa, and this is timely and fresh story for our time.


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