By John Birmingham
A superb tale within the The Disappearence trilogy. A "What if" tale of the chilly War… a small piece of exchange heritage of the interval instructed through a biography of 1 of its gamers, Lieutenant department McKinnon, an adventurer in a unique post-WWII international of yank isolationism.
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Only for a week or two, that’s all. I shall spend the evening at the Club playing Musical Bridge. ” Lenina nodded. ” Fanny’s kind, rather moon-like face took on an incongruous expression of pained and disapproving astonishment. ” Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. But there were also husbands, wives, lovers. There were also monogamy and romance. “Though you probably don’t know what those are,” said Mustapha Mond. They shook their heads. Family, monogamy, romance. Everywhere exclusiveness, everywhere a focussing of interest, a narrow channelling of impulse and energy.
But wordless conditioning is crude and wholesale; cannot bring home the finer distinctions, cannot inculcate the more complex courses of behaviour. For that there must be words, but words without reason. In brief, hypnopædia. ” Brave New World 31 The students took it down in their little books. Straight from the horse’s mouth. Once more the Director touched the switch. “. so frightfully clever,” the soft, insinuating, indefatigable voice was saying. “I’m really awfully glad I’m a Beta, because .
Wheels must turn steadily, but cannot turn untended. There must be men to tend them, men as steady as the wheels upon their axles, sane men, obedient men, stable in contentment. Crying: My baby, my mother, my only, only love; groaning: My sin, my terrible God; screaming with pain, muttering with fever, bemoaning old age and poverty—how can they tend the wheels? And if they cannot tend the wheels . . The corpses of a thousand thousand thousand men and women would be hard to bury or burn. “And after all,” Fanny’s tone was coaxing, “it’s not as though there were anything painful or disagreeable about having one or two men besides Henry.
A Captain of the Gate (The Disappearence) by John Birmingham