Dreams of New Earth

Five years ago, a house in our neighbourhood fell down, killing one of the occupants. This was an unusual event, and the impact was felt all over the area.

The couple who lived in the house were oldies, like me – but rejuvenated and in excellent health. It was an old house, which they loved, and had lived in for many years. They didn’t have it upgraded when the new technologies came in, preferring to leave things as they were. And no one would argue with that – it was their choice.

There was a small earthquake – just a routine adjustment which everyone had been forewarned about. But there must have been some structural weakness in the house or instability in the land beneath it, because that little quake was enough to push it over. Alice was gardening at the time, and Ted was reading in the lounge. The…

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