Magic as advanced technology

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Sun Sep 19 21:25:14 EDT 2004

On Fri, 17 Sep 2004, Margaret Ball wrote:

> But then there's Genji, which I've heard tell is the first Oriental
> novel, or anyway the first Japanese novel, or the first
> somethingorother, and it doesn't strike me that way. Though I've
> read it only in translation, and I suppose it's possible the
> translators took a lot of liberties. Anybody know?

Is it actually the *first*, or just the *earliest surviving*?

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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