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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AmmyThomas | Reply 20.12.2015 15.11


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John | Reply 25.11.2015 07.40

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 00.01

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 02.04

this is the most idiotic website i have ever seen

John 06.11.2015 08.53

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 16.06

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.

John 30.10.2015 16.49

It's a game-changer, the ONLY one that will ever work in the situation as it stands now, as it has stood for 67 years - and as it may well stand for many more.

Yonit Gefen | Reply 16.08.2015 00.22

Why would you base your solution to a war on a science fiction book that you say [in red] is not the subject? Having read your entire document, I don't see

John cronin 16.08.2015 03.42

The preamble is put there to stop people thinking what follows is about science fiction when the subject is entirely something else. What don't you see. YG?

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.

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20.05 | 11:34

Flaw? The ONLY flaw is not seeing HKBH who hides in plain sight.....

20.05 | 11:26

As long as WE do not see HKBH as the hand behind EVERYTHING and that EVERYTHING IS A CAUSE FOR GOOD, we will continue to moan and groan!

21.04 | 10:51

The KEY is now only theory, Moshe, but so many things were once just like that before being turned into reality by people refusing to be denied the prospect.

21.04 | 09:12

"Laxian" applies to a theoretic world peopled by theoretic people.
understand hamas, hizballah, Iran, and ISRAEL, before proposing a real world solution ! !

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