Non-historical materialism, or pineapples for the enemy of nation. Part II
The happy Andrew immediately felt an extreme
love and tenderness for Sergey. Together with Barsov, they carefully held him
under his arms and their care didn’t grow less when Sergey began to tear away
angrilyand persuade them that he felt
excellent so far. They dragged him into the depths of the laboratory, where
Sergey was intercepted by coquettish girls and pushed into the armchair. Barsov
immediately vanished, — obviously to guide, tutor and administer, — and Andrey
inserted the disk into a hummingcrossbreed
of a metal safe and a cubicle, which seemed to have been screwed together by a
mad assembler. The monstrous hybrid blinked with green, yellow and blue lights,
roared and threw out a closed case with an opening, where the girls gently put
is too early to twitch, — explained Andrew. — Nobody is touching your handyet. We are copying your biological field
and transferring it on the disc.
gave a squeek and slipped into silence.
you sure you have transferred all the field? — Sergey asked urgently.
check, — Andrew said, took the disc out and put it on a small stand in front of
the computer. The stand hid sockets for cords, one of which stretched to one of
the computers, and the other one — to a huge metal case in the corner. The
display showed the sbow-covered yardwhich Sergey had already seen. It was empty
to Andrey’s satisfaction. He peered into the monitor, nodded, pressed some
button — and the disc vanished. Something flickered on the screen,. Andrey
cursed and convulsively pressed the button. The disc reappeared — in the teeth
of an unbelievably dirty ruffleddog.
The dog shook, splashing wet snow, bared its teeth and snarled at the screaming
Nice dog, — Andrey said ingratiatingly. — give back the disc, you scum.
doggy wasn’t in the moodto give the
disc back. The transfer from the January of 1953 to the hot July of 20…wasn’t conducive to a positive frame of mind
disc! — he yelled.
take asausage, — offered one of the girls gently, a leggy blond with a white
cap dangerously perched on her fluffed up hair.
agreed to sniff the sausage, but obviously didn’t approve of the changes that
had happened toit during the previous fifty years. He nervously looked around
for some bush, failed, and raised his hind leg on the stand.
it off! — shouted Andrey. The dog twitched its leg and obediently bumped the
stand, pouring it with a yellowish smelly jet.
second girl was gingerly approaching the dog with a small vial in her hand.
here, probably you shouldn’t… — Sergey began.
decisively directed the jet on the dog’s nose. The dog yawned with pleasure and
fell on his side.
is it wet& — asked Sergey, watching how Andrey was cleaning the mucked
the dog sucked it, — answered Andrey, wondering at Sergey’s slow-wittedness.
I meanthe dog. Why was it all wet and
with snow in its…
it came from January. The January where you will go soon.
What do you mean, January? You mean,the January… the past January?!
how did she get here, in the first place? She hadn’t had any disc implanted,
is the first lesson for ouy, — Andrey explained., passing the disc to the girls
who desinfected it and put it into the humming case again. — The disc snatches
to another time everything in the radius of seveenty centimetres around it. The
dog there in the past took the disc with its teeth and found itself withingthis
radius. That is why once you are there please don’t drag anybody here.
When youwant to press the disc watch out for people. No people should be closer
than seventy centimetres to you at the moment. Got it? Well, OK, — he looked at
the dog, snoring in the corner. — And neither should animals. In case you are
in the Zoo, take care you don’t fetch a lion with you to the laboratory. Always
keep centimetres in your mind. Right?
supressed the desire to specualte about the presence of Sergey’s mind worth
suddenly became angry.
wish you would stop standing here and telling me about lions, — he said tartly.
— Tell me where I am going to live there. And I suppose I will have to work
boy. That is the very core of the subject, — Andrey said approvingly.
dark-haired girl sneaked up to Sergey from behind and pressed a mask to his
face. A sweet smelling gas filled his nostrils, and Andrey carefully placed the
suddenly slumped Sergey into the armchair.