I’ve had an article published in Sci Phi Journal

As the title says, I’ve had an article published over at the sci phi journal website as part of its free content. Long-term followers of this blog might recognize it as a (much improved imho) rewrite of an older post from here:

 

http://www.sciphijournal.com/red-dwarfs-inquisitor-and-judgement-day-by-ben-zwycky/

 

For access to all of the paid content, you can become a subscriber to the journal here.

In the interests of transparency, as a contributor (and also as an editor of the magazine), I receive a share of the proceeds from subscriptions, so the more people sign up for subscriptions, the more I (and the other fine contributors) will be paid.

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The Joy (and Terror) of Judgement Day – Part Two

Where I wanted to go with last week’s post reminded me of something from a little series I wrote a decade ago entitled ‘Thoughts Inspired by Psalms’, my first attempt at a series of opinion pieces. The first piece was translated into Czech and published in the national newsletter of the Czech Salvation Army (looking back now, it is probably the weakest of them all and most in need of revision, I have learned a lot since then). This is the second: Continue reading

The Joy (and Terror) of Judgement Day – Part One

So, following on from last week’s entry, your life on earth is borrowed, your possessions are borrowed, the atoms in your body are all borrowed, your every waking (and sleeping) moment is borrowed, entrusted to you.

This reminded me of the words of the Inquisitor from Red Dwarf:

“You have been granted the greatest gift of all, the gift of life. Tell me, what have you done to deserve this superlative good fortune?”

It is a sobering question, because the honest answer is nothing. Life has been granted to us not out of obligation to us for something we have done, not a reward or wages, but as a gift, the greatest of gifts, perhaps even something, dare I say it, that is worth being grateful for in of itself.

In context however, that is not really the question that the Inquisitor was asking. What he was asking was far more serious, even terrifying:

You have been given this astounding gift, this incredible range of opportunities. What have you done with them to justify this enormous investment in you? What reasons will you give to dissuade me from erasing you from history and giving your opportunities to someone else? Continue reading