Category Archives: ny/paris

“The Public Hating,” Steve Allen, 1955

“The Public Hating,” Steve Allen, 1955 — A crowd gathers in Yankee Stadium, the rest of the nation before the television.  They are to “hate” to death a political prisoner, Professor Arthur Ketteridge.  The presumably outspoken Professor is accused of … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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“Mr. Murphy of New York,” Thomas McMorrow, 1930

“Mr. Murphy of New York,” Thomas McMorrow, 1930 – Several speakers at a business meeting discuss the building of a skyscraper in Canabec.  However, first they tell the story of the fall of a New York skyscraper, the Americus building.  … Continue reading

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“The Cubic City,” Rev. Louis Tucker, D.D., 1929

“The Cubic City,” Rev. Louis Tucker, D.D., 1929 – A man thinks himself into the future, where he finds that New York has become a cubic city. Problems such as noise, disorder, garbage, the insane, criminals, and the rude have … Continue reading

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“Remote Projection,” Guillaime Apollinaire, 1910

“Remote Projection,” Guillaime Apollinaire, 1910 — The newspapers are atwitter with the news that a man named Aldavid appears to be the Jewish messiah.  The man is “ubiquitous,” appearing to preach in multiple cities at once.  The protagonist immediately thinks … Continue reading

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“From ‘The London Times’ of 1904,” Mark Twain, 1898

“From ‘The London Times’ of 1904,” Mark Twain, 1898 — The narrator attends a function in Vienna in March, 1898, during which Lieutenant Clayton is involved in an argument with Dr. Szczepanik over whether or not the doctor’s invention, the … Continue reading

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