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December 13, 2002
It was a panorama which encircled the room just under ceiling level. It had been painted by a group of acclaimed artists soon after the original museum opened. The scenes were taken from ancient photographs, or more likely photographs of photographs, showing great events from the apex of human civilisation.

Nick knew them all well. There was a group of men and women in white coats gathered around a machine the size of a refrigerator, smiling in apparent triumph. Nearby an early-model adjuvant held hands with two small children. Further along an old man stared thoughtfully at a test tube.