Finding the Laxian Key


Subtext:  'The Laxian Key'  - for those who may wish to know - is the title of a short story first published in Galaxy Sci-Fi magazine more than sixty years ago.

Note: This is not the subject here. It only serves as a parallel for a far more real and urgent dilemma. 


The author was Robert Sheckley (1928-2005) and the storyline centred around the chance discovery of an indestructible alien artefact, a so-called 'free provider' dedicated to furnishing unlimited quantities of food for a race of other-worldly beings. Once activated, this machine taps into every type of power supply and energy source imaginable, overproducing so massively that blanketing the surface of an entire planet with its unceasing (and inedible) product is well within its prime directive.  


And it can only be shut down by using something called a Laxian Key, a device whose very nature and whereabouts had become well and truly lost with the passage of time. 


Last line: "...but, if you ever find a Laxian Key, come back. We'll erect ten statues to you!"

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zozo | Reply 18.10.2018 14.34

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Holly | Reply 21.12.2016 02.34

And some how you all still blew it and not only did these shananagans harm Israel they have caused extreme harm to the United States. The lock will never reopen

Holly | Reply 21.12.2016 02.29

Wow Obummer even committed treason against the people of the United States by funding rebels. He extorted our money, lied, so he could arm the Free Syrian Army.

John Cronin 21.12.2016 19.02

Have you got hold of the wrong website here, Holly? This is not an Obama appreciation outlet nor a vehicle for where the US stands on matters Middle Eastern.

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John | Reply 25.11.2015 08.40

Not a problem, Blurb, since the KEY supersedes all previous instructions, admonitions and commandments linked to customs and even deities on either side.

Blurb | Reply 25.11.2015 01.01

Totally missing here is the Islamic concept of a Waqf as it applies to land, especially to the land 'from the river to the sea'. It is irrevocable.

gideon | Reply 06.11.2015 03.04

this is the most idiotic website i have ever seen

John 06.11.2015 09.53

Then, Gideon, are you advising me to write to the Guinness Book of Records and stake my claim to it being the most idiotic website in all of cyber space?

idiot | Reply 30.10.2015 17.06

Self imposed solution imposed by rest of world... Idiot. Nobody wants to fight and die for justice in a far away land. But this is injustice.

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24.10 | 00:53

Well, Abdul, I'm sure that all makes perfect sense to someone. But, regrettably, that someone isn't me.

23.10 | 17:44

Obviously the laxian key was left not by foreigners but by the past, an ancestral thing. The answer is to prepare a similar machine for the next cycle. Duh

18.10 | 14:34

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26.11 | 10:33

If the KEY works, Abe,then everyone is a winner. If not, then we are faced with the prospect of no one winning here, much as has been the case for generations.

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