Plus One

      Antony Bennison
Plus One

Winstanley's girlfriend works with a machine that tests simulated universe theories. She wants to be left alone to fix an experiment gone wrong. He wants to know why she doesn't want him at her office party. And both will find that it may not just be their relationship that is broken.This short essay examines contours of one's creative thinking process in the formulation of concepts, transforming concepts into words, and by subtle argument insists that time and culture are amorphous paradigms which obscure clear thinking and imagination.COPYRIGHT DECEMBER 31 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDDonations welcome to All Souls College of the Dearly Departed, Oxford, - The Codrington Library
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    The Earth Invasion Budget Cuts

      Antony Bennison
The Earth Invasion Budget Cuts

Invading Earth never goes smoothly for any interplanetary species. Defeat may be blamed on Austrian heroes with chiseled jaws or presidents that happen to be skilled jet-fighter pilots. But, more often than not, the problem goes back to the planning stage…Medb hErenn's confidence exceeds arrogance to border on hubris. Subconsciously, she truly believes she is invulnerable, due to her prodigious strength and endurance, and her profound magical abilities, and while far from foolhardy, she often leaps into dangerous situations without thinking. Worse still, her enemies can use this weakness against her, by luring her into traps through appeals to her curiosity or pride. Once she realizes she is in over her head, she may curse her short-sightedness, but when she extricates herself, her subconscious conceit reinforces itself and she learns little from her experience.So when she heard of the deadly Upas Tree, which could kill anything that simply laid eyes on it, she had to see if it lived up to its reputation. She did not believe it would, but she also doubted it could harm her in any event.Her companions often warn her that one day her overconfidence will be her undoing. Perhaps this is finally that day.
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