Fantastic Voyages – “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” (Part 3 of 3)

So far we’ve traveled the blue expanse of the sea and the great nothingness of space. What else could there be?

How about time travel?


June 19 was not turning out to be a good day for Hank Morgan. He was an intelligent, successful engineer with thousands of people working for him, but, it turns out, not all of them were happy with him. In fact, one went so far as to bash him in the head with a crowbar, and, as if that weren’t enough, Hank woke up in middle-ages England of all places. This was beyond a little perplexing since Hank had been in 19th century Connecticut when he was last conscious.

Hank, who would soon become known as “The Boss,” didn’t have much time to consider this odd change in scenery though, as he was accosted by a lance-wielding knight on horseback soon after his arrival. Things only got more complicated from there.

Without giving too much away; Hank, using his knowledge of engineering and science, quickly rose to a position of power posing as a great magician and spent the next three or four years trying to turn medieval England into an industrialized (and Americanized) utopia. Also, King Arthur and Merlin were involved. All did not go well.

Still, A for effort, Hank.

Want to learn more? Check out A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain.

Want your shot at building your own utopia? That’s a bit more difficult (we would like to take this opportunity to advise against the “angry employee with crowbar” path to changing history) but it is possible and there is no time like the present. It’s summer, the sun is shining, people are out and about and there are things to do everywhere, so let’s get to it. First things first, find a problem, any problem – small, big, medium-sized, whatever – and fix it, or at least make it better. Then repeat. It’s going to take a while, but then Rome (or an industrialized Camelot with a modern standard of living) wasn’t built in a day.


Author’s Birthday – Here comes December

William Blake (b. November 28, 1757, London, UK; d. August 12, 1827, Westminster, UK)

Fine looking gentleman“If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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Rita Mae Brown (b. November 28, 1944, Hanover, PA)

CATS!!!“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Wish You Were Here

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Louisa May Alcott (b. November 29, 1832, Philadelphia, PA; d. March 6, 1888, Boston, MA)

Oh, Louisa May“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Little Women

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C.S. Lewis (b. November 29, 1898, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK; d. November 22, 1963, Oxford, UK)

Not how I pictured him. I thought he would look more... lion-y“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Out of the Silent Planet

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Jonathan Swift (b. November 30, 1667, Dublin, Ireland; d. October 19, 1745, Dublin, Ireland)

Hmmm. He doesn't look like he'd be very fast.“Where there are large powers with little ambition… nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Gulliver’s Travels

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Mark Twain (AKA Samuel Clemens) (b. November 30, 1835, Florida, MO; d. April 21, 1910, Redding, CT)

The man.“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Winston Churchill (b. November 30, 1874, Blenheim Palace, UK; d. January 24, 1965, London, UK)

The British man.“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Gathering Storm

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T.C. Boyle (b. December 2, 1948, Peekskill, NY)

I don't know where to start“The compulsively readable events of my life occurred mainly in infancy, and it’s been pretty humdrum ever since.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Tortilla Curtain

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Joseph Conrad (b. December 3, 1857, Berdychiv, Ukraine; d. August 3, 1924, Bishopsbourne, UK)

Looks like a solid guy“I don’t like work… but I like what is in work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself, not for others – which no other man can ever know.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Heart of Darkness

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