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64 pages, Hardcover
First published November 24, 2015
Hands, face, space
There is lots of a new tiny bad thing in the air. It started in animals far away but got into people.
When it gets inside people, it makes many of them sick and some die. The sick people breathe hard, fast, with pain and noise, so the new tiny bad thing moves in the air to other people.
The new tiny bad thing is all around, but we can not see it. So we stay home almost all the time, clean our hands and what we touch very often, do not get close to other people, make everything clean again, and keep staying home.
We can not see people we love except if we live with them. We can not see our friends. This makes some people sick in mood and mind, even if they are not sick with the new tiny bad thing. They wonder which is worse. People don't agree, and that makes more people have bad moods and sad minds.
There is good news this week. Bright people have been working hard to find ways to stop people getting sick with the new tiny bad thing. But there are many sick people and more every day, so doctors are still working hard to make sick people better. And some still die.
There is hope, but that's next month or year. For now, life is hard and sad.
How to make a hot leaves drink
1. Get water that is safe to drink.
2. Make the water very hot. You can use fire or find a safer way.
3. Put a small bag of drinking leaves in a cup.
4. If you like sweet drinks, add some tiny sweet pieces to the cup.
5. When the water is very hot, put some in the cup - not too full.
6. You can add a bit of white she-animal drink to the leaves drink.
7. Gently move the hot water, drinking leaves bag, and other things around the cup.
8. When you like the color, take the leaves bag out of the cup.
9. Find a sweet round thing - or two - to have with the hot leaves drink.
10. Be sure the cup and drink cool down a bit before you drink it.
11. You can put the sweet round thing in the hot leaves drink but if you do, take it out quickly. It goes soft and wet, but it may break. The drink and the round thing will be different and maybe not so nice as if you had them on their own.
This machine checks whether you have a piece of metal with a certain shape. If you do, it lets go of whatever it's holding on to. People put these machines on boxes, doors, and cars, to try and control who can open or close them.
What's interesting about these machines isn't really the machine itself. There are lots of different kinds that work in different ways, but they're all the same in one way. They try to put people into groups.
By checking whether someone has a piece of metal that's the right shape, this machine is really a way to try to tell whether people are who they say they are. It's an idea - about which people should be allowed to do something - brought to life in metal.
MACHINE FOR BURNING CITIES
When the light metal or air is pushed together, it also starts another run-away fire here. These run-away fires help make each other stronger. By adding more and more steps like this, we found we could make the fires as big as we wanted, and at first we built the machines larger and larger.
But then we stopped making the machines larger, and started making them smaller instead. We didn't stop because we didn't want to burn larger cities. We just realized you could burn a city more easily with a few small machines than with one big one. Soon, we had enough small machines to burn as many cities as we wanted.
We stopped making the machines larger because the ones we had were big enough to burn everything. There was nothing larger to burn.
BIG TINY THING HITTER
This machine works by throwing pieces of air down a hallway so that they hit together really hard. The air hits with so much power that the pieces break in strange new ways, as if it shakes the air - and space itself - so hard that things fall out.
Most of these pieces only last for a moment, while space is being shaken really hard, and disappear as quickly as they appear. But by watching what flies out from the place where the air was hit, we can figure out what we shook out.
A lot of people helped me with this book. Their names aren't words that people use a lot, but I'm going to write them anyway because they're important.
People who know a lot of things and told me some of them
People who helped a lot
And most of all, Strong Pretty Ring-Wearer
A lot of people helped me with this book. Their names
aren’t words that people use a lot, but I’m going to
write them anyway because they’re important.
And, most of all, Strong Pretty Ring-Wearer
Machine for burning cities
Big tiny thing hitter
The strange thing is, no one tells the part where to go. It just falls out into the room with all the other parts, and hangs around until it runs into whatever part it’s supposed to grab. (Or until another part grabs it!) This sounds strange, and it is! There are so many parts, and they’re all grabbing each other and stopping each other and helping each other.