Channel Surfing By E. S. Strout


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Post April 07, 2008, 11:22:34 AM

Channel Surfing By E. S. Strout

...is it just me, or did the explosions get bigger every time?

How on earth did the remote survive the destruction of Earth?

Intriguing. And a little odd. Certainly an example of how not to use an incredibly powerful item.
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Post April 07, 2008, 12:28:45 PM

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...is it just me, or did the explosions get bigger every time?

How on earth did the remote survive the destruction of Earth?

Intriguing. And a little odd. Certainly an example of how not to use an incredibly powerful item.


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Gino Strout told me that the scientists who hid the isotope sample probably blew themselves up by accident -- the pyrotechnics were obviously more powerful than they expected. Hence explosion #1 killed or otherwise removed two people, but left their surroundings more or less intact; #2 leveled a house; #3(? we don't know how many steps there might have been in between), a planet; #4 --? Given the gone-and-back-again effect, the isotope seemed to be fracking about with the space-time continuum on a geometrically increasing scale, probably leading to instability in the structure of matter (hence the explosions). However, the isotope and its container (the remote control) may have been protected because they were not in the same space-time 'plane' as the stuff that went boom (or, like Peter in "Heroes", their power radiated outward without directly affecting the source).

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Post April 07, 2008, 03:08:15 PM

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Just caught a typo. My fault. Any follower of NBA basketball will recall that The Lakers played the Indiana Pacers in the 2000 Championship finals. The Lakers still had Shaq O'Neal and Chick Hearn was still alive.

The 9 is right next to the 0 on the keyboard. Still no excuse.

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Post April 07, 2008, 07:15:54 PM

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Actually, it's MY fault. I thought this might have been a trunk story dating BACK to 2000 (or earlier), so I pushed the date forward. I mean, hey, if the Earth was destroyed sometime around the 2000 NBA playoffs or final, then ... what the hell are WE standing on?

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Post April 14, 2008, 02:15:37 PM

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Kind of a short story with an impact. I’m not sure what happened that morning, but their remote survived.

A little accident can go a long way!

It’s interesting to note that Dr. Merlin Archer was peace-freak during the 60’s, yet he blew up the earth and possibly many alien worlds with his remote isotope device--I’m not sure I know what it was designed for. Blow up terrorists? Make them inert? Make them disappear?

I like how the remote found its way to the kids, then to an alien.
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Post April 16, 2008, 04:06:07 AM

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"It's a remote, Paul. You know, to change TV channels."

"Like this ...?"


...I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. My eyes just kept going back to the above sentence three or four times after I'd finished reading the story; I just coudn't stop laughing then.

I agree with the fellow writer who stated that bad things can sometimes happen when certain objects or instruments get in the wrong hands. (If we use the analogy of nuclear weapons, there are certain nations considered unstable which are armed with arsenals that could wipe up millions of people within days.)

Again, a great, quick read. I'm now off to devouring the other stories offered.

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Post May 05, 2008, 07:14:28 PM

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My sincere thanks to all who read, commented on and critiqued Channel Surfing.

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