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Beyond Pandora

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Published: 1962
Language: English
Wordcount: 1,857 / 13 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,828
Added to site: 2007.12.21 19453

The ideal way to deal with a pest--any menace--is,of course, to make it useful to you....

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His patient nodded, "That's right, Doctor. But they were pretty slow coming in this time."

The doctor looked up quizzically, "Is that the only reason you think you might need a booster shot?"

"Oh, no ... of course not!" The man leaned forward and placed one hand, palm up, on the desk. "Last year I had an accident ... stupid ... lost a thumb." He shrugged apologetically, "It took almost six months to grow back."

Thoughtfully, the doctor leaned back in his chair, "Hm-m-m ... I see." As the man before him made an involuntary movement toward his pocket, the doctor smiled, "Go on, smoke if you want to." Picking up the chart, he murmured, "Six months ... much too long. Strange we didn't catch that at the time." He read silently for a few moments, then began to fill out a form clipped to the folder. "Well, I think you probably are due for another booster about now. There'll have to be the usual tests. Not that there's much doubt ... we like to be certain."

The middle-aged man seemed relieved. Then, on second thought, he hesitated

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 4 reviews: ****
Paulo Respighi

A man pays a visit to his doctor for another rejuvenation shot, but what's in the shot?

It's a very short, one ah-ha story, too short to have a plot or character development.

A very good short novel. Should surely read. One would stand amazed how the author had really thought of using and illness as a medicine. The moral: Even a weakness could be turned into a strength with the help of our mind.


Short is right! Interesting idea indeed.


Very short science fiction story about taking a health problem and tweaking it to your advantage. Interesting idea.



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