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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Clif Brown | Reply 29.07.2021 23:43

You have an interesting concept, but given that the United Nations was created to perform a similar function...well, it hasn't worked. Power prevails.

John Cronin 30.07.2021 10:14

The difference with the KEY, Clif, is that it is autonomous, the benefits that humanity would derive from its use making it the go-to formula in ANY conflict.

BitinDawg | Reply 23.11.2020 16:42

The Khazar descendants appear determined to recreate their Khazar Kingdom over the whole world with Jerusalem as the Capital. The Laxian key of this arcane stat

John 25.11.2020 02:52

Intellect in the Israeli-Palestinian situation demands that an autonomous process be formulated to fix that which, otherwise, has very little chance of remedy.

BitinDawg 23.11.2020 16:48

arcane statement is tht th Khazars Jews r descended frm th ruling class of th ancient land of Khazaria, which accounts 4 their hi intelligence and their drive 2

zozo | Reply 18.10.2018 14:34

je suis à la recheche d'une belle femme pour mariage

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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30.07 | 10:14

The difference with the KEY, Clif, is that it is autonomous, the benefits that humanity would derive from its use making it the go-to formula in ANY conflict.

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29.07 | 23:43

You have an interesting concept, but given that the United Nations was created to perform a similar function...well, it hasn't worked. Power prevails.

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21.05 | 04:32

Acceptance is the crucial issue here, requiring a very special form of persuasion for the world to universally endorse the concept and see it thro to fruition.

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21.05 | 04:23

That's a scenario so unlikely, Jeremy, that, should it actually happen, the foundations of the universe would crumble into dust. And then where would we all be?

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