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Extract from Captain Stormfield's stopover at to Heaven used to be released as a Christmas present booklet in October 1909, six months earlier than Twain's loss of life. Combining technological know-how fiction with a satiric examine traditional perspectives of the afterlife, Twain promises an a laugh and trenchant observation on human self-importance and pretensions. a lot of the humor of the tale rests at the sharp discrepancies among Stormfield's cocksure expectancies of heaven and its fact. The Captain discovers, for example, that the planet Earth, faraway from being the "crown of creation," is in simple terms one among numerous planets sending its departed population to the heavenly precincts. certainly, we're up to now from the guts of items that it takes Stormfield 30 years of hurtling via house to get to heaven, merely to discover, while he arrives, that the pinnacle clerk can't locate our planet on his large map. In his creation, author Frederik Pohl writes of this ingenious and thought-provoking tale, "It's humorous, it is colourful and it does the issues that Twain meant it to do--one of them being to demonstrate the silliness of the backwoods types of Heaven and of faith in general."
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