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Time Out: Ice 9

“Suppose, young man, that one Marine had with him a tiny capsule containing a seed of ice-nine, a new way for the atoms of water to stack and lock, to freeze. If that Marine threw that seed into the nearest puddle…?”
“The puddle would freeze?” I guessed.
“And all the muck around the puddle?”
“It would freeze?”
“And all the puddles in the frozen muck?”
“They would freeze?”
“And the pools and the streams in the frozen muck?”
“They would freeze?”
“You bet they would !” He cried. “And the United States Marines would rise from the swamp and march on!”  —-Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut

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  • ghostsniper March 29, 2022, 6:02 PM

    Feathers, Flowers, Interstellar Fiberglass.

    • Vanderleun March 29, 2022, 6:07 PM

      Last image. Great image.

  • Billy Pilgrim March 29, 2022, 7:08 PM

    Comrade Kurt was a leftist but such a vivid imagination.
    Take what you can use and discard the rest.
    Harrison Bergeron world anyone?

    • Vanderleun March 30, 2022, 8:51 AM

      I do believe I’ve done Harrison Bergeron here but it might be time for a repeat. I’ll check.

  • gwbnyc March 29, 2022, 9:13 PM

    “Trout did another thing which some people might have considered eccentric: he called mirrors leaks. It amused him to pretend that mirrors were holes between two universes.
    If he saw a child near a mirror, he might wag his finger at a child warningly, and say with great solemnity, “Don’t get too near that leak. You wouldent want to wind up in the other universe, would you?”

    Sometimes somebody would say in his presence, “Excuse me, I have to take a leak.” This was a way of saying that the speaker intended to drain liquid wastes from his body through a valve in his lower abdomen.

    And Trout would reply waggishly, “where I come from, that means you’re about to steal a mirror.”
    And so on”

  • Hyland March 29, 2022, 10:21 PM

    Reading Vonnegut is always a pleasurable activity. I re-read SlaughterHouse Five a year ago. First time I was about 17. Now well into my 60’s the book is better. Though Vonnegut has been remembered as a stalwart liberal… I bet if he was here now to see how freaking surreal the liberalism has turned… he’d be singing a whole new tune.

  • Dirk March 30, 2022, 7:47 AM

    Rereading Unintended Consequences right now.

    Wife and me have been rereading Abbeys works. Great unintended training manuals

  • borderbill March 30, 2022, 4:48 PM

    Semper Fi!