The Style of Elements

A flight of satirised fancy inspired by a prompt from an AE Micro contest, this piece really came alive after I expanded it into a triptych full of hyperlinks in the side panels. Sometimes, indeed, a piece needs to ripen, like wine, whisky or (fill in your vice of choice).

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ExperimentalJetse de Vries
The Frogs’ Pool

Weather is capricious, sometimes to the extreme. As a group of tadpoles gets wept away by torrential rains in Purnululu, they learn the hard way that the draught afterwards makes 'survival of the fittest' seem tame by comparison. . .

(WARNING: full of metaphors, subsurface layers and misguided attempts at literature...;-)

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Random Acts of Cosmic Whimsy

Some things, like moving faster than the speed of light, creating energy out of nothing and—indeed—time travel should be impossible. Unless the cosmos conspires crazily and we just happen to be in that unimaginably impossible corner of the multiverse where one-in-a-kazillion chances are the order of the day. Add Agents Watt & Krikksen and even the sacred laws of physics creak under the pressure...

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HumourJetse de Vries
The Philistine Detectives

If things turn out for the worst in a sixties America where McCarthy is president, then maybe the brain behind Ubik should become ubiquitous? Watt & Krikksen—psychedelic time agents sans pareil—are on the case...

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Follow Me Through Anarchy

In order to maintain an unbiased view, Alex shifts through the sexes like a neutrino oscillates from electron to tau to muon. She/he will need all his/her wits, imagination and perceptiveness as a visitor arrives with a message: cognition, time and reality itself may be nothing more than elaborate illusions. . .

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Hard SFJetse de Vries
The Third Scholar

Underway towards 61 Cygni, astronaut Kobayashi encounters an anomalous object. Before he knows it, an alien craft abducts him and he's staying in a space station with a 'Hotel California' attitude: he can check out, but never leave. Through an unwavering attitude, lateral thinking and an immense reservoir of patience, Kobayashi tries to figure out what the hell is happening. . .

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