I believe passionately in the short story (by that I mean a story which takes between and 6 and 18 minutes to read, though it should be read slowly!). Such stories should never be written by rote – they should have a deeper meaning, whether they are exploring a philosophical truth, an innate human emotional contour, a dramatic tympany or … Keep reading
Reading time 7 minutes 50 seconds
There was something different. It did not bother him in the slightest – nothing did in this world – but he had to maintain a professional curiosity.
“Perform a Level D check on all systems,” he intoned evenly.
Six years, alone, hurtling through space in “The Wedge” had left him indifferent to … Keep reading
Das Oberhund (the Superhound)
About 10 minutes and 52 seconds to read
Even when we went to their church, they could not conceal their revulsion and loathing of us. Picture if you will, my dear reader, that desperately poor young family two adults and four children, taking up a single pew, heads bowed in prayer and trying so … Keep reading
Meal with Heroes
About 2 minutes 45 seconds to read.
It was a Bank Holiday Monday and everyone I knew was ‘off work’ – apart from me. It was in my early days as a country doctor, and I still resented the long hours on duty, at the beck and call of some 20,000 patients. Looking back, I … Keep reading
8 minutes and 30 seconds to read
I was born a city boy; more particularly, I was born a slum boy – a slum where I belonged, a slum in which I wallowed, a slum in which I thrived. I was happy there, surrounded as I was by friends and allies so that the stench, the … Keep reading
3 minutes and thirty seconds to read
Sadly this is a totally true story.
It was my early days in rural general practice, trying to do a job I found virtually impossible. I would see over 60 patients per day in my “surgeries” (clinics), we would do sessions at a local prison and at a local … Keep reading
The Spoils of War
6 minutes to read
The fire spat its celebrations at the clear frozen air; tomorrow would be a great day. As the silent open sky watched on, a neutral umpire with no rule book, the unit was noisy with that wild certainty of imminent victory. The men were totally untouched by the bitter frost, … Keep reading
The Wise Man
About 9 minutes 55 seconds
Choden Yappur sat at the shrine and prayed for enlightenment. The temple was in the foothills of the mountains, where the air was straight from the hands of Buddha- clean – clean and pure. Rarely would a monk visit the village, which numbered a mere 39 souls, but the shrine was … Keep reading
Jose Arias paused. He went down on one knee and sniffed the beautiful flower. His companions looked on with admiration as his eyes looked upwards and he drank in the beautiful aroma. When had he first smelt that glorious smell of the angels? Maybe first in church when he … Keep reading
Compton McKevedie smiled back at George.
“Sorry my friend, this time it is final!”
George sighed: this was his top surgeon – the best on the team! He not only did the work of at least three other surgeons but he was a “lucky” surgeon, with stunning statistics, incredibly low complication rates, adored by his patients … Keep reading