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22. Deliverance

The sage was carried from his hovel wearing nothing but a small tunic. The tunic bristled the arms of the marine who carried the...

21. Revolution

“You know,” my grandmother used to tell me, “that man sheds coats just like any animal in the forest.” I used to laugh at her, as young...

20. Enthusiasm (II)

An old man told me, when I met him in a coffee shop, when we could still speak to strangers in coffee shops, that popular music is...

19. Enthusiasm

From the dock I could see the crowd, a crowd so great it fell back mile upon mile to the setting Sun. The city’s suburbs were shacks,...

18. The cauldron

What is a woman without her cauldron? You approach the mountain ridge in the darkness, though, just over the horizon, the Sun is rising;...

17. The power of the great

The man sits in a tower at the centre of the city. The tower is protected by the citadel’s walls. At his side, there is an astrolabe and...

16. Development

The blue flame rises from the centre of the planet. At the core, there is a lake. The lake is placid and clear, despite the great flame...

15. Abundance

We have far too much to feel joy. We are too satiated, too full. We have produced an overabundance of human life and a dearth of real...

14. Influence

You are right to be paranoid. People are out to get you. People are plotting against you. They plot without thinking about it, and they...

13. The gentle (II)

A man stands on top of a great pyramid, zig-zagged by time into a thousand stone teeth. He remembers reading, as a child, that a small...

12. Dispersion

The fountain was blocked by a grey sphere. The sphere was not solid; it was entirely gaseous, and it had definite moods. The Bedouin who...

11. Splitting apart (III)

Listen now, there are two dreams that trouble me. It took me many years to realise that these dreams pursued me, but I recognise them...

10. Limitation

Nothing is achieved without limits; everything that is interesting takes place at the limits. Go down to the place where the water meets...

9. Contemplation

The approach to the master can be made by four straight roads, each terminating at a table-like mountain. Pilgrims tend, when close to...

8. The abysmal

The movement around the whirlpool: clockwise and anti-clockwise. You are going to the depths and I will take you there. The lowest, the...

7. The arousing

Destruction on the planetary level is a requirement for future development. When we step outside our planet, we will find that the...

6. Standstill

The desert and the crescent moon, so I have arrived home. There was a great city here once. This was in the times when the green was...

5. Biting through

Under surveillance, paranoia approaches. My screen recorder turns itself on again and again, a wink from the cryptographic authorities...

4. The gentle

You are the sons and daughters of the Sun, gentle at a distance and fatal when you draw close. Can anything hide from your gaze? Not if...

3. Retreat

You will find me in a small stone hut; the hut is positioned below a standing stone, perfectly balanced above a moor. The hut was built...