Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Scientifiction: The Love Machine

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Absolutely not by Jacqueline Susann, "The Love Machine" first appeared in the April 1921 issue of Science and Invention, and I present it to you a little Valentine's Day offering.

That's even though probably all women, and some men, may find its premise of rearranging of emotions a tad creepy. You could argue that the man gets his emotions relandscaped, too--or, as Professor Parsons points out, that Fennimore the client is probably going to end up worse off for loving this particular woman--but the point is, the woman didn't ask.

Er, happy Valentine's Day.

Of course, from the instant I picked this story out, through the present moment, I've had a constant loop going in my head of:

It's just the love machine,
And it won't work for nobody but you.

(By the way, I was beginning to get a little concerned that my title page layouts were boring. So here's the picture et al in the middle of the page. As it happens, the picture was in the middle of the page in the original magazine, too, although the title and author were up top.)

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