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Lay for the Day
21st September

1866: Herbert George Wells, storyteller, is born in Bromley, Kent.
From the book of Praises:

65. Of Science Fiction

The cyborg shoots the father of the man whose wife
will persuade him to holiday in Hawaii
instead of Florida, where he’d rescue the son
of the cyborg’s inventor-to-be from drowning.

Without the toddler’s chance remark, his invention
never occurs to him. The future the cyborg
comes from has ceased to be. The machine disappears
and the man it has killed is unshot, breathes again and

stands up. His assassin, made possible once more,
reappears and, making that bystander history
again, and again, and again, and again, and
again… The future was its own worst enemy.

John Gibbens
from Collected Poems

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