People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.”
― Bill Watterson, The Calvin And Hobbes: Tenth Anniversary Book
Anniversary Project Joe Haldeman1975
The Plain Facts
- Length:10 Pages
- Genre:Science Fiction
- Category:Time Travel
|Future Beings||1950 Humans|
|Pa of Three||Sarah|
|Future Million Years Ahead||1951|
Earthlings, celebrate an anniversary of the printed word, in a future millions of years from now. A story about understanding the context of events. Sure the future beings have the word preserved, but they have no idea how the word was used in a literary society. Their society is post literary.
So, what's It About Man?
First Words"HIS NAME IS Three-phasing and he is bald and wrinkled, slightly over one meter tall, large-eyed, toothless and all bones and skin, sagging pale skin shot through with traceries of delicate blue and red."pg 190
Last Words"He tossed the battle away, the gesture immediately making him feel stupid, and followed her. Later that night she apologized, saying she didn't know what had gotten into her."pg 200
- The book he is reading is a facsimile of an early edition of Goethe's Faust. The nervous angular Fraktur letters goose-ste across pages of paper-thin platinum. pg 190
- The sand turns hard under her feet.pg 194
- He dips into Bob's mind finding things she (his girlfriend) is better off not knowing. pg 198
What I Learned About Writing
- Compose the world before setting out to tell the twists.
- Joe Haldeman has written for a number of anthologies.
- Born 1943 in Oklahoma City; grew up mostly in Anchorage, Alaska and Bethesda, Maryland.
- A frequent diary writer on S.F.F. Net News. Very interesting posts here.
Favorite Words Used
- xenophobia: "reacting to the strange with fear instead of delight."
- time casting: like fishing but fishing in time for things in the stream.
Where to Find This StoryThe Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century Edited by Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenberg.