A fter the big crash, the dust settled slowly. Everybody rubbed their eyes. Someone had a coughing fit. Through the high windows, you could see the sunlight shine into the workshop in thick rays, like through the clouds after a thunderstorm. And then the doors …

I t was a small village, up among hills so steep that many would call them mountains. But that was something only immodest people would do. Such as the lowlanders. The villagers were modest. It was not prudent to be otherwise. Immodesty was at odds …

C an History repeat itself?   Let me tell you a story where it did.   Cincinnatus remembered the first time exactly. He had just decided to come back from the field to rest in the shade of his little pergola, enjoying the view of …

T he pyramid stood glowing against the rising sun. It dwarfed the vast expanse of simple buildings around it, and since the main roads all pointed towards it, it looked as if a giant octopus had descended onto the city, and sucked all life towards …

The Monastery was situated at the end of the world. Since the beginning of time it had been sitting high up in that remote valley of the Himalayas. For generations, the monks followed their daily routines as laid out in the scriptures. The common prayers. The fasting. …