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Things on the site itself that may be of interest to students or philosophers of any age or generation include complete online books of poetry, various support materials for the study of physics, and links related to beowulfery. All materials on this site that are authored by Robert G. Brown are Copyright 2004. The details of their Open Public License (modified) can be viewed here. If you use or enjoy anything at all on this site -- free textbooks, stories, programs, or other resources, consider hitting to help spread the word so others can find it as well. Note, Robert G. Brown is generally either rgb or rgbatduke on many external sites crosslinked here.


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This page is devoted to links to fiction, especially mythopoeic fiction, written by Robert G. Brown. It includes both book websites and short stories that can be read for free online.


The Book of Lilith

The Book of Lilith is a mythopoeic work, a fantasy, a rewriting of the book of Genesis the way it ought to have been -- with women on top! It begins with bitterly sharp black humor in the framing "preface", in which the author recounts in a stuffy and academic tone a bizarre and outrageous story about the discovery of "lost scrolls" in war-torn Iraq. In spite of its obviously fictional character, it is nevertheless well enough told to have provoked many readers to enquire of the author: "So, do you have the real scrolls?"

The story itself recounts the autobiography of Lilith, the first person given a soul by God, as she embarks on a quest to pass on God's Soul to a soulless world while seeking to understand the mystery of suffering and death. Told with a light-hearted, often funny touch, The Book of Lilith is a work that will both entertain you and yet make you think hard about the nature of God, about sexual equality, about the fragility and yet endurance of love.

Lulea

Queen Xixi of Ix was one of Frank L. Baum's (well-known author of The Wizard of Oz and the other Oz books) most interesting stories. In it, a Fairy named Lulea grants a magic cloak to mortals. The cloak was a standard one-wish device, no fair wishing for more wishes, with the usual ability to ruin the lives of its users who never manage to wish for the "right thing". A Moral Tale.

However, the real moral of the tale was, I think, missed. The following short story can be thought of a "missing chapter", or epilogue, that I think takes the story to an interesting conclusion. It can almost stand on its own, although it is better if you've read the original.

This is one of several stories I've written about the dangers of total wish fullfillment and its near-equivalence to Hell. One day I might get some of the others organized and posted on this site.



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