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Tales for Our Time

The Eloi, the Morlocks ...and Us

We launched The Mark Steyn Club last month, and I'm immensely heartened by all those SteynOnline supporters - from Cleveland to the Cook Islands, Vancouver to Vanuatu, Hungary to Hong Kong - who've signed up to be a part of it. As I said at the time, Founder Membership isn't for everyone, but it is a way of ensuring that all our content remains available for everyone - all my columns, audio interviews, video content, all our movie features and songs of the week. None of it's going behind a paywall, because I want it out there in the world, being read and being heard and being viewed, and maybe changing an occasional mind somewhere along the way. The point of The Mark Steyn Club is to come up with a way to keep funding some of the more logistically complex and labor-intensive stuff, like my interview with former Aussie PM John Howard, or the live show from Ottawa. So I thank those longtime readers, listeners and viewers who've volunteered to be part of that.

That said, we are introducing a few bonuses for our Founding Members - not locking up our regular content, which will always be free, but admitting members to a few experimental features, such as this new audio series. In Tales for Our Time I revisit some classic fiction I've mentioned in books and columns over the years - old stories that nevertheless speak to our own age. Our first serialization was The Tragedy of the Korosko by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. You can hear all fifteen episodes by clicking here, and scrolling down. As I said last month, if it turns out a total stinkeroo, we shall never speak of it again.

But to judge from your reaction we avoided stinkeroo status. So we're back with our second serialization. The Tragedy of the Korosko figured heavily in the conclusion of my book America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It. This new audio excitement features a novel that provided a central metaphor in the sequel to America Alone, After America. It's a classic, definitive piece of Victorian sci-fi by H G Wells, The Time Machine, set way in the future in the year 802,701 AD.

As I say in tonight's introduction, that's the only thing Wells got wrong: He was off by a mere 800,685 years. The society he conjures - in which humanity has bifurcated into a soft passive Eloi and the ravenous, predatory Morlocks - is pretty much spot on for the fin de civilisation west of the early 21st century. Indeed, many commentators deployed the analogy for the feeble Eloi-like reaction to recent Morlock provocations of terrorism: You bomb us, run us over, decapitate us - and those who survive light candles and exchange flowers and sing songs.

As before, we'll post an episode a day of Tale for Our Time, and you can either enjoy it as a book at bedtime twenty minutes before you lower your lamp - or pile up the chapters and listen to the whole thing on a long car journey. I always like reading stories, and I did do a little of it professionally a zillion years ago. So, if it works, we may release it as an audio book on CD or Audible a ways down the road. But for the moment it's an exclusive bonus for Mark Steyn Club members. To hear Part One of The Time Machine, prefaced by my own introduction to the book, please click here and log-in.

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One other benefit to Founder Membership is our Comment Club privileges. So, if you like or dislike this second Tale for Our Time, or consider my reading of it a bust, then feel free to comment away below. I weigh in on the comment threads myself from time to time, but, like a Morlock venturing among the Eloi, only when night falls and preferably on a full moon. So it's mainly your turf, to have at it - and join us for Part Two of The Time Machine tomorrow.

from Tales for Our Time #2, June 9, 2017

 

The Time Machine, Part 11

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The Time Machine, Part 10

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The Time Machine, Part 9

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The Time Machine, Part 8

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The Time Machine, Part 7

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The Time Machine, Part 6

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The Time Machine, Part 5

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The Time Machine, Part 4

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The Time Machine, Part 3

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The Time Machine, Part 2

For the second in our new series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads The Time Machine by H G Wells. To hear Part Two, simply click above. You can find Part One of The Time Machine (along with our first radio serialization, The Tragedy of the Korosko) here (scroll down). To comment on this new audio adventure from SteynOnline, please click here and scroll down - and don't forget to join us tomorrow for Part Three of The Time Machine. ...

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The Time Machine, Part 1

For the second of our new series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads The Time Machine, written by H G Wells for serialization in The New Review in 1895. To hear Part One, simply click above. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses the relevance of Wells' vision of the world 800,000 years hence to our own age. You can find our first radio serialization, The Tragedy of the Korosko by Conan Doyle, here (scroll down). To comment on this new audio adventure from SteynOnline, please click here and scroll down - and don't forget to join us tomorrow for Part Two of The Time Machine. ...

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 1

For the first of our Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1898 novel The Tragedy of the Korosko. To hear Part One, simply click above. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses the book's relevance to our new age of jihadist terror. Indeed, Conan Doyle's story ripples with pre-echoes of today: "It isn't safe to reckon upon a Dervish's fears," remarked Brown. "We must always bear in mind that they are not amenable to the same motives as other people. Many of them are anxious to meet death, and all of them are absolute, uncompromising believers in destiny. They exist as a reductio ad absurdum of all bigotry—a proof of how surely it leads towards blank barbarism." "You think these people are a real ...

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 2

Welcome to our audio serialization of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Tragedy of the Korosko. To hear Part Two, simply click above. For Part One, prefaced by my thoughts on the book's relevance to our age, please click here. For a glimpse of the difference between our time and Conan Doyle's, however, consider this observation in today's installment - by two western tourists on the covered women of the Sudan: "There's one thing I wish," remarked Miss Adams, in the hard, metallic voice with which she disguised her softness of heart, "and that is, that I could see the Legislature of this country and lay a few cold-drawn facts in front of them. I'd make a platform of my own, Mr. Stephens, and run a party on my ticket. A Bill for the ...

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 3

Welcome to Part Three of our audio serialization of The Tragedy of the Korosko. To listen, simply click above. For Part One, prefaced by my thoughts on the book's relevance to our age, and Part Two please scroll down. Today's episode includes this exchange between an Englishman and an American on why Britain wound up as "the world's policeman": "Each [nation] has its own mission. Germany is predominant in abstract thought; France in literature, art, and grace. But we and you—for the English-speakers are all in the same boat, however much the New York Sun may scream over it—we and you have among our best men a higher conception of moral sense and public duty than is to be found in any other people. Now, these are the two qualities which are ...

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 4

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, part 5

Welcome to Part Five of our audio serialization of The Tragedy of the Korosko. To listen, simply click above. For previous episodes, please click here and you'll find them all down the page in reverse order. To comment on this new audio feature from SteynOnline, please click here and scroll down. And don't forget to join us tomorrow for Part Six. ...

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, part 6

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 7

Welcome to Part Seven of our audio serialization of The Tragedy of the Korosko. To listen, simply click above. For previous episodes, please click here and you'll find them all down the page in reverse order. To comment on this new audio feature from SteynOnline, please click here and scroll down. And don't forget to join us tomorrow for Part Eight. ...

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 8

Welcome to Part Eight of our audio serialization of The Tragedy of the Korosko. To listen, simply click above. For previous episodes, please click here and you'll find them all down the page in reverse order. To comment on this new audio feature from SteynOnline, please click here and scroll down. And don't forget to join us tomorrow for Part Nine. ...

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 9

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 10

Welcome to Part Ten of our audio serialization of The Tragedy of the Korosko. To listen, simply click above. For previous episodes, please click here and you'll find them all down the page in reverse order. To comment on this new audio feature from SteynOnline, please click here and scroll down. And don't forget to join us tomorrow for Part Eleven. ...

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 11

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 12

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 13

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 14

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The Tragedy of the Korosko, Part 15

Welcome to the final episode of our audio serialization of The Tragedy of the Korosko. To listen, simply click above. For previous episodes, please click here and you'll find them all down the page in reverse order. To comment on this new audio feature from SteynOnline, please click here and scroll down. And don't forget to join us for our second Tale for Our Time, starting in June. ...

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