This story first appeared in ReVisions, 2004.
The Ashbazu Effect
by John G. McDaid
"In the course of its growth and development, the school came to be the center of culture and learning in Sumer. Moreover, unlike present-day institutions of learning, the Sumerian school was also the center of what might be termed creative writing."
-Samuel Noah Kramer
History Begins at Sumer
(The Symbolic Revelation of the Apocalypse)
Asimov's, November-December, 1995.
This small room, so commonplace and so compressed… contains them all: space, time, cause, motion, magnitude, class. Left to our own devices, we would probably discover them.
— Robert Coover, The Elevator
I haven't always been an elevator.