Anyone too young to have heard the announcement that night certainly has read about it in school. But I must summarize it to show how it affected me and my odd life. This so-called "Council for Survival" claimed to be a secret society of "just men" dedicated to correcting all the myriad wrongs of Earth and of all the many planets and place where mankind lives. To this they pledged their lives.
But first they planned to dedicate quite a few lives of other people. They said that they had made lists of all the real movers and shakers everywhere, all over the globe and off it separate lists for each territorial state, plus a grand list of world leaders. These were their targets.
The Council claimed credit for the initial killings and promised to kill more and more and more until their demands were met.
After listing the world leaders the voice that reached us started reciting the British Canadian list. From their expressions and thoughtful nods I saw that my hosts and hostess agreed with most of the choices, The deputy to the Prime Minister was on the list but not the Prime Minister herself to my surprise and perhaps more so to hers. How would you feel if you had spent your whole life in politics, scrambled all the way to the top, then some smart yabber comes along and says you aren't even important enough to kill? A bit like being covered up by a cat!
The voice promised that there would be no more killings for ten days. If conditions had not then been corrected, one in ten of the remaining names would be selected by lot for death. The doomed would not be named; they simply would be killed. Ten days later, another one in ten. And so on, until Utopia was achieved by the survivors.
The voice explained that the Council was not a government and that it would not replace a