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That Which Survives

Jul 05, 2007, 00:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Allison)

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"Recently in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a buried time capsule from 1957 was unearthed. Its contents largely consisted of a car, a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere. The creators of the capsule thoughtfully provided a separate can of petrol, assuming that the nuclear powered flying cars of 2007 would long since have moved beyond the need to burn fossil fuels to get around. In literature buried with the car it was billed as becoming 'a priceless antique in 2,007!'

"Antique, it was; priceless, not so much. Groundwater had seeped into the vault, and rust had completely destroyed the poor vehicle, tail-fins and all. It's easy for us sophisticates of 2007 to laugh at the naïveté of the capsule creators, but would we do much better in leaving readable records for our future historians? I'm not so sure we would..."

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