EP103: The Watching People


By Paul Berger.
Read by Stephen Eley.
First appeared in Ideomancer, December 2004.

One must show the proper respect for knowledge, and learn by watching and
counting and copying. The Doctor does almost nothing but learn —
although he watches the wrong things — and some of us think he might be
a little sacred as well, which is one of the reasons he is still alive.
It might be unlucky to eat a sacred person.

But the main reason he is still among us is someday we will learn
something valuable from him, and then maybe the village will support the
lives of a few more of the People. We watch him carefully.

Rated PG. Contains mild language, some violence, and the Observer Effect gone very awry.

Referenced Sites:
Dr. Howard V. Hendrix’s “Webscab” essay
Jo Walton’s “International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day” essay
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasants Community
Pseudopod
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