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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John Cronin | Reply 18.02.2015 19.34

Adam, contact me on FB if you need more info on the 'Key.' One thing I can't really discuss is the Keys bonus/bribe element. That has to serve as its crescendo.

Adam | Reply 18.02.2015 18.18

We found your FB site and can see you are way ahead of us. Commitment & moral standing is vital to mid-east matters as there are always naysayers in the shadows

Adam 18.02.2015 18.21

Ed says IPSO is locked into 4yr cycles but will try other avenues now that http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/BlairYou-could-lock-Israeli-PA-negotiators

Adam | Reply 17.02.2015 20.58

If you could include your real name Cronin/Yorke as Mossad routinely open files on activists and are suspicious of aliases. I will tell Ed of the 4 year delay.

Adam | Reply 17.02.2015 20.47

Something Ed forgot to mention. We talked about you increasing your social media footprint by opening Facebook & Twitter account. They’re both free and popular.

John Cronin 17.02.2015 23.27

I am on Facebook, Adam, but haven't used twitter for quite some time.
Additional: The 'Key' also generates a big bonus/bribe for everyone upon its delivery.

John Cronin 17.02.2015 23.20

The only expertise I can claim is a comprehensive knowledge of the Laxian Key and how it might stop the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead in its tracks.

John cronin 17.02.2015 23.15

My real name is John Cronin, Adam. UK citizen, born London 1945. I am presently retired and my hobby for some years has been and still is the 'Laxian Key.'

Adam 17.02.2015 20.50

Then if you could regularly link/retweet anything you find interesting, especially about Arab/Israeli peace. Also include something about yourself, hobbies etc.

John Cronin | Reply 17.02.2015 20.18

Thanks for the take-up,' Edward. It might speed implementation if it's stressed that 4 more years without the 'Key' can make matters far worse than they are now

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