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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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- A story for our times David Farber (Aug 21)