June 6, 2008

“No,” he says. “I’m not from outer space or the future. And this is not magic, just science, pure engineering.” He catches her eye directly. “Magic, religion, the occult — all of it — they are all excuses to not believe that wonders are possible here on Earth. I don’t want to be magic. I want people to understand that things never even dreamed of are possible. Automobiles that run on water. Surgery that never even punctures the skin. Wireless transmission of intelligence and energy. I want to be believed, Louisa,” he says and, closing the switch, turns off the electricity, plunging the room back into darkness. “Do you believe me?” he asks.

– From The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt

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