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gilliaca at jmu.edu gilliaca at jmu.edu
Fri Jul 8 13:29:02 EDT 2005

>I'm not sure that's such a bad thing--that we'll never feel 

And I'm not sure it's a new thing, either. 

I recently read a novel titled "The Domesday Book," by Connie 
Willis. It involves a time traveler from the 2050s [I think] 
going back to the 14th century. In the present of the novel, 
humanity has survived something they call The Pandemic, and 
they have great medical knowledge, but an unknown virus [not 
a new one, it turns out] plays havoc with Oxford, while the 
time traveler who was supposed to land pre-bubonic plague 
actually lands in the midst of it. Death is everywhere. 
Nobody is safe.  

The novel is a strong reminder that humanity lives and has 
lived in perilous times, in which death can strike 
unexpectedly and [to us] mysteriously randomly. 

That evil human agency causes some of these deaths in our own 
time - Oklohoma City or 9/11 or Madrid or London - perhaps 
makes the sudden randomness of being a victim scarier. 

Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU
JMU Safe Zones participant
"You have made God in your own image when God hates the same people you hate." Fr. John Weston

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