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The Machine that Saved the World

The Machine that Saved the World by Murray Leinster
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They were broadcasts from nowhere--sinister emanations flooding in from space--smashing any receiver that picked them up. What defense could Earth devise against science such as this? In the far future of 1972, on a secret military installation, Staff Sergeant Bellews is an expert on the latest scientific discovery: a way for ordinary machines like vacuums and lawnmowers to gather experience in their jobs, becoming error free over time. Then the strange broadcasts began to blow up transmitters everywhere. Were they from space? Enemies? the future? He didn't care until they started messin' with his machines. Then he took it personally. (summary from the first chapter and Phil Chenevert)

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This etext was produced from Amazing Stories December 1957. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

THE MACHINE THAT SAVED THE WORLD

By

MURRAY LEINSTER

They were broadcasts from nowhere sinister emanations flooding in from space smashing any receiver that picked them up. What defense could Earth devise against science such as this?

[Illustration: Did the broadcasts foretell flesh rending supersonic blasts?]

The first broadcast came in 1972, while Mahon modified machines were still strictly classified, and the world had heard only rumors about them. The first broadcast was picked up by a television ham in Osceola, Florida, who fumingly reported artificial interference on the amateur TV bands. He heard and taped it for ten minutes so he said before it blew out his receiver. When he replaced the broken element, the broadcast was gone.

But the Communications Commission looked at and listened to the tape and practically went through the ceiling... Continue reading book >>


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