"the X-rays" - not just any old X-rays, but the X-rays. The ones that make it into Charles Xavier's school, are trained to harness their electromagnetic powers, and now roam our hospitals and dental clinics with nary a second glance at their presence. These X-rays, are they a menace or are they our saviors?What hath science wrought?
For a good story exactly about X-rays as a savior and a menace, see "Stitches," by David Small. Now you know why I still won't support nuclear power without serious reservation. I remember what it was like to be the kid who dropped the ball that lost the game, and every time there's a major accident, I remember it again. Murphy was an optimist.
Which is more anachronistic, the respect for proffies, or the notion that they are "elegant?"
Or that they're "men"?
It's like the beginning of a fable...or maybe a fairy tale.
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