“The Prophecies” / Memorable Fancies #1912

A scroll was discovered during the exploration of an ancient tomb, and was loaned to a university for study. Soon it became apparent to researchers that the scroll was inscribed by someone who believed himself to be God. More interestingly, it contained prophecies of events to occur long after the scroll had been written. The fall of Rome was forecast in surprising detail; the rise of Islam; discovery of the new world; defeat of the Nazis; invention of the computer; universal connectivity; self-awareness of the Net; and finally, something referred to as The Great Dumbing.

The scroll was longer, but the rest of it had been left blank.

– after S.T. Joshi


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