The Student

The pitch-black clouds had come rolling in the entire afternoon. Slowly rising higher and higher, they eventually covered the entire sky and darkened the earth. One could literally feel the pressure building up. As the humidity rose, so the noises coming from the school building and the adjacent olive tree grove subsided. The teachers had […]

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The Choice

When I was 19, I lost my girlfriend because she decided to swallow something at a party just to go along and not be boring. I was trying to finish an assignment that night and, by the time I was called, she was already dead. Afterwards, I felt like being enveloped in some kind of […]

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Dear God,

I trust that in the 15 billion year history of your cosmos (give or take a few hundred million years), you have received a great many letters of complaint. Through the ages, innumerable sentient creatures on worlds unimaginably (to me anyway) different to mine must have written to you and, I believe, complained about basically […]

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…Is an Anthology of the Universe

It had been an exhilarating presentation. The audience rose and applauded enthusiastically. The news as such was marvellous, but to hear it from the man who had made the discovery topped it. The Professor bowed politely towards his audience. With a coy smile he acknowledged the admiration of the many people, who had clearly been […]

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A Second Chance

There they were, thrown together from every region of the planet inside the mothership and clearly confused. There was a shepherd from the Pyrenees, a rice farmer from Southern China, a sociology professor from Canada, a fire fighter from Tasmania and a housewife from South Africa among many others. Why this motley crew of human […]

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Time Out

O hello, sorry to interrupt. May I sit in this seat? Thank you. Well, that feels very pleasant. Especially, since I haven’t sat in a seat for quite some time. I must say the standard of comfort in trains has gone up significantly since… Ah, don’t you just love how the landscape whizzes by when […]

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The Pragmatic Philosopher

It is precisely because I knew Harry so well that the ominous, thick column of smoke rising from behind his bungalow did not cause me any concern. As I pulled into his driveway I trusted that, as always, there would be a perfectly reasonable explanation for this. Harry was probably the most matter-of-fact, no-nonsense person […]

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Food for Thought

The disturbance had arisen from somewhere along the edge of the small, warm pond that had been home to the colony of algae for almost a full moon cycle. The Collective Thoughts of the billions of microscopic plant cells searched somewhat irritated for the source of the commotion. After all, it was a beautiful, sunny […]

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What Must Rise Must Fall

It had been a fierce and merciless battle in front of the enemy village. What had once been a field of wheat almost ready to be harvested was now a corpse-strewn, blood-soaked wasteland. A large number of Roman soldiers had surrounded the few remaining enemy warriors and in bitter fighting killed them off. With the […]

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A Winter’s Day

Somewhere behind the dense, dark-grey wall of clouds the winter sun had risen. The thick blanket of freshly fallen, pristine snow covered what had once been fields, meadows and well-tended orchards before reverting to woodland a long time ago. Through the naked forest trees, the irregular silhouettes of the ruins of the city could be […]

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