It was all good until the tutor needed a cigarette
November 30, 2006 9:54 AM Subscribe
I read a short story a few years ago and would really like to find it again. A boy doesn't understand the complexities of the world -- such as how cars work. Suddenly, cars stop working.
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As he tries to figure out technologies and fails, the world loses them. So he is sequestered to a cottage in the country (the setting was Great Britain, I believe) with two tutors to teach him how basic things work so that the world could regain its lost technologies.
As long as he doesn't consider a technology, it is safe. So the tutors walk a fine line trying to keep him from pondering how people breathe or how fire works.
It was a fantastic story, even if I mangled the synopsis. The thing is, I may have read this while in an online writing group, so the author may have never published it anywhere. But it was so good I'm assuming it was. Does this sound familiar to anyone?