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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Killing Machine and the News

In the last few days, there have been two news items that reminded me of The Killing Machine by Jack Vance.

First, there was the Foley kidnapping and attempted ransom extortion. If Jack Vance were writing that story, the ransom would have been paid in counterfeit money printed in disappearing ink.

Second, the news that Alzheimer's patients can be treated by transfusions of young blood. If Jack Vance were writing that story, the only person to know about the treatment would be one of the five Demon Princes and his henchmen …


Anonymous eddie said...

I've thought for some time that the dominant currency's value should be unitized as the nominal value of an hour of unskilled labor (or, nearly equivalently, an hour of forgone leisure). Certainly not an original idea, although I didn't know Jack Vance had written about it.

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