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Literature: The Fly
"Do flies live very long?"

"The Fly" is a short science fiction mystery story by Frank Langelaan, which was published on the Playboy magazine in 1957.

One night Francois Delambre gets a call from his sister-in-law Helene, who informs him that she has killed his brother (and her husband) Andre. Her claim is proven true as Andre's partially crushed body is found under a steam-hammer in Delambre family's factory. Thus starts the unraveling of the circumstances that lead to Andre's death.

In 1958, a film adaptation was released. Another one by David Cronenberg was released in 1986.

This story has the examples of:

  • Driven to Suicide: Andre's fate, as aided by Helene. She follows the suite with cyanide shortly after giving her written confession to Francois.
  • LEGO Body Parts: The Teleporter Accident left Andre with a fly leg in the place of his right hand, and cat-fly head in the place of his own.
  • Screaming Woman: When Helene finally sees what exactly has happened to her husband, she starts screaming and is unable stop it for a long time.
  • The Speechless: The accident left Andre unable to speak, and he communicates to Helene with knocks and written messages.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: What Andre was working on, and what caused the Teleporter Accident.
  • Teleporter Accident: Prior to the Andre's own accident, another botched teleportation left his cat Dandelo stuck between the transportation points.

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