“A Master of Babylon,” Edgar Pangborn, 1954

“A Master of Babylon,” Edgar Pangborn, 1954 – An aging musician believes himself to be the last surviving human as he quietly teeters toward madness in the ruins of a flooded New York.  After many years of isolation, he discovers that a band of children have survived and takes them to the Museum of Human History, where he plays for them.  Frightened, the children dub him the Bad Old One and flee, taking a statue of a two-faced god with them.  He pursues in a canoe and throws his oar at them in anger.  He observes that he has killed himself and drifts out to sea.

Comments: Read in New Dreams This MorningWikipedia: The story is related to “Stephen Vincent Benét’s 1937 ‘By the Waters of Babylon’, already considered a classic.”

Author: Wikipedia: “Edgar Pangborn (February 25, 1909 – February 1, 1976) was an American mystery, historical, and science fiction author.”


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One Response to “A Master of Babylon,” Edgar Pangborn, 1954

  1. Pingback: “The Custodian,” William Tenn, 1953 | jennre

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