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Koan of the Space Buddha

(Excerpt from the Book of Serene Being, Vol. 19) Farcee, an apprentice monk, recognised the Space Buddha and at once prostrated himself. ‘Space Buddha, I have studied for many years and I believe myself to be ready. Please help me find the gateless gates to

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‘Son, observe the time and fly from evil. For thy soul be not ashamed to say the truth. For there is a shame that bringeth Sin, and there is a shame that bringeth Glory and grace.’ ‘With all due respect, father,’ the thug next to

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Petrified Norman

In the summer of 1836 the process of Norman’s petrifaction began. A year later he was complete. From that day forth he sat pristine, silent and motionless, in the centre of Greengrove Square. In 1838 Norman met Tom. Tom was nine years old, but could

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Mycophagist

I like speaking to old people. Especially very old people. You know… the ones with nuggets of time sewn into the folds of their face flesh. Having lived much longer than I have, they usually have something to say, some knob of wisdom I can

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The Sentry and the Centaur

Vincent approached the Sentry. Bob, who was the guard on duty that day, stared straight ahead. He was very good at this. In fact he’d excelled in that particular unit of basic training. Vincent smiled a smile that he’d be incapable of in a few