Undesirable Futures

Jenny Song
Published: Wednesday, 08/02/2006 12:00 am EDT

On December 26, 2004, the Indian Ocean receded suddenly from the Sri Lankan coast. Doubtless it would have unveiled long-sunken ships and other mysteries concealed for so long by the sea. And probably thousands of vacationers and natives alike had rushed out to stare and wonder at the strange sight, before perishing in the ensuing tsunami that swept with such vengeance over South Asia.

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