In the Cards

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Author: Alan Cogan
Published: 1956
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,060 / 30 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,155
Added to site: 2010.06.18 28182

It is one thing to safeguard the future ... and something else entirely to see someone you love cry in terror two years from now!

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t speculators, and all the people connected with any form of racing, betting, lotteries or raffles, to name only a few. Gambling, respectable or otherwise, requires someone to win and someone to lose--and who'd be willing to lose on a result he already knew?

A few new jobs were created by others who looked ahead and foresaw such things as earthquakes, fires, floods, volcanic eruptions and violent storms. They set up special teams for handling these disasters, evacuating people and removing valuable property beforehand.

This explained why, as we looked ahead, we saw fewer and fewer deaths occurring from these tragedies. The growing efficiency of the rescue services worked wonders--which were part of the future, as you'd expect, not successful attempts to change it--although there were always a small number of deaths, mainly the kind of people who never used to pay any attention to the news, didn't look at road signs, and the like.

Some of them belonged to the crowd who opposed Bilbo Grundy


Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
JoJo Biggins

Time travel stories, ironically, are fairly predictable. This one follows the pattern. However, it manages to maintain reader interest fairly well, and the ending, while not profoundly different in retrospect, is satisfying enough to close out this story with a faint smile.

Sardo Weems

A clever story of the impact on the society of 2017 of a machine that allows anyone to see up to two years into the future. Yaaaay! weathermen go extinct. It portrays a stunted world where people only try what they would have succeeded in.

Fairly clever story. Of course there's a solution to the problem, and the obligatory ironic twist at the end.

Not a bad way to kill 15 minutes. I found myself thinking back to this story a day or two after I'd read it.

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