All stories are original with the exception of Warlocks in Power,
which is based for a large part on George Orwell's 1984, published
4 years after the end of the Second World War.
Moreover, the central part of Notching the Boat is based on an
ancient story in Zhezhong Yuyan*.
The original third tale, Warlocks on the
Wireless, dealt with the BBC World Service's strong Christianist,
or more generally, theocentrist, or more generally, religious bias. It was
written about 40 aSWW, when the abbreviation BBC could, indeed, be read as
British Broadcast Christian(ist)s. More than 20 years later, the BBC
has become considerably less religionistic, and considerably less
exclusivistic at that. The story may still be a good reflection, or still
too mild a reflection, of the situation at other state broadcasting
corporations in other countries, it does not adequately represent the
situation at the BBC anymore. The
Model of Neutral-Inclusivity, published
41 aSWW, features
a normistic reflection as an
alternative to the (former) BBC's type of reflection.
Like the Model, Six Warlocks My Age is still available in print (with
Warlocks on the Wireless as the third story).
Mark the Boat to Seek the Sword.
One version by Chen Jin-an can be found at many different locations on the
Internet. Use the search terms
Appendix to Tale Three provides a
translation of it.
Another version, Nick the Boat to Seek the Sword, can be found in
Easy Way to Learn Chinese Idioms, pp. 108-9, New World Press, by
Scott Hillis, 52 aSWW/1997 ChrE.