Ansuman Biswas «Zero Genie» 2002.
Zero Genie, 2002
Space - the final frontier - is to be conquered by powerful men with thrusting rockets. Or is it? Zero Genies Ansuman Biswas and Jem Finer beg to differ. Slightly inept trainees of an ancient mystic sect, they have somehow managed to infiltrate the Cosmonaut's Training Programme in Star City, Moscow.
They are determined to practice the kind of space flight taught by a long line of sages... and they certainly need the practice. Thousands of years of spiritual insight and shamanic technology have enabled humans to explore the entire universe, conversing with the denizens of other worlds and witnessing far out visions. The Zero Genies are just beginners. Poverty stricken, slightly uncoordinated, and yet noble, they are convinced that space travel is not the exclusive pursuit of the rich and rational Western world. They are here to show that a comfortable carpet and well-packed hookah will suffice. At the Cosmonaut's Training Centre in Star City, aircraft with cushioned interiors create weightless conditions on board by plummeting out of the sky. The Zero Genies, hailing from an obscure land on the fringes of civilization, want to put Race back into the Space Race. So, within the magic lantern of a Russian cargo plane, they demonstrate the ancient wisdom of their people. They dance, levitate, and reveal, for the very first time in the West, the mythical Flying Carpet. On a shoestring budget, with mental discipline and Russian hospitality, the Zero Genies defy gravity and military-industrial economics to celebrate the dream within us all.
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