Long ago, but not so long ago that the world looked any differently, the leaders of the four great human empires sat down with mankind's greatest foe: the wasp. For centuries the two sides had waged war, neither able to subdue the other. But for four days, in an unknown year, a truce was called and negotiations took place within a neutral kingdom whose name has long since been forgotten. Man's demands were great and the wasp's patience was short, neither party left satisfied.

In a desperate move, mankind arranged a secret conference to seek an alliance with the bee. As fate would have it, a fat wasp was mistaken for a bee and allowed entry to the conference. When news of this reached the king of the wasps, it became agreed that man and the wasp could never be friends.

D. Briggs, Dublin.