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As Easy as A.B.C. (1912) [Short Story]
by Rudyard Kipling Rating: Weighted - 6.7 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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The Aerial Board of Control, or A.B.C., rules the entire Planet. They keep things running exactly they way they should be run, and do not interfere directly in people's lives unless it interrupts traffic in some area. A mob in Illinois, made up of people tired of the absolute tyranny of the Board, has gathered. The Board has sent a fleet to determine the cause and solution of this new and interesting problem.

Written in 1912, when the world -- and especially Europe -- was on fire with the new Socialist way of thinking -- when the first rumblings of a Socialist world began to be felt, Kipling's Aerial Board of Control is an early example of Big Brother, and the terrible effects of such an entity in its most extreme form.

Published in The London Magazine (April 1912). Reprinted in:

  • Kipling, A Diversity of Creatures
  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories

The story is an elaboration on the world described in With the Night Mail from Kipling's collection Actions and Reactions (Macmillan: London 1909).

Original title: As Easy as A.B.C.
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionPoliticalDystopia/Utopia

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     17 X Infinity (1963) [Anthology]
      Authors: Rudyard Kipling , Frank Herbert , Isaac Asimov , Ray Bradbury , E. M. Forster , Frederik Pohl , Theodore Sturgeon , William Tenn , Evelyn E. Smith , Herbert Gold , Howard Fast , Margaret St. Clair , Alan Nelson , Hollis Alpert , Hal Draper , Henry Gregor Felsen , Richard Goggin
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz
This work is a revision to the following works :
     With the Night Mail (1905) [Short Story]
      Author: Rudyard Kipling


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