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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Killing Hitler and other mistakes

My friend Gill over on LiveJournal linked to this very funny short story. Not only is the basic idea pretty funny, but as she says, anyone who's ever either moderated a forum (Gill is a Compuserve mod herself) or hung around one with a really anal moderator will particularly appreciate BarracksRoomLawyer's contributions.

There is a Larry Niven short story (in his collection "The Flight of the Horse") in which a character travels back in time to make a copy of a Model T Ford for his museum employers, but accidentally hooks up his duplicating machine the wrong way round and destroys the original Ford instead. Then he has to do all kinds of complicated time travel (lugging a Model T in his machine) to correct the error.

Or then again, there's Douglas Adams's inimitable take on the matter:

"Concentrate," hissed Zaphod, "on his name."
"What is it?" asked Arthur.
"Zaphod Beeblebrox the Fourth."
"Zaphod Beeblebrox the Fourth. Concentrate!"
"The Fourth?"
"Yeah. Listen, I'm Zaphod Beeblebrox, my father was Zaphod Beeblebrox the Second, my grandfather Zaphod Beeblebrox the Third ..."
"There was an accident with a contraceptive and a time machine. Now concentrate!"


At 19 May, 2008 21:21, Blogger Sal said...

oh! freaking! *BRILLIANT*!!!!

that short story is GENIUS!


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