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We are all Sun eaters

by Maricellus 

Posted: 19 October 2014
Word Count: 737
Summary: A conversation between God and his Project Manager

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"Ahem. Excuse me, God, but I wondered if you had the time to chat about your latest project?"

"Ah yes, the 'Universe Project.‘ Of course, Adam, come on in and pull up a cloud. I can always make time, you know that."

"Well yes, absolutely. I've taken a look at the plans for the project and I must say it all looks very .. erm .. grand."

"Do you think so? Oh good. I do like it when everyone‘s on board. I'm so glad you like it."

"I do, God, I do. But there is one thing that concerns me, and that is the cost of powering the whole thing.“

"Oh, don't worry about that. I've got everything in hand," said God, with a dismissive wave.

"I'm sure you have, God, but with respect, as your Project Manager, I have to manage the costs, set milestones, observe deadlines and so forth and, for that, I need be made aware of all the details." 

"Do you indeed? Well, yes I suppose you do but, regarding the power, have no concerns about it. I have created something called Energy and just one unit of it will power the whole project.“

"One unit! But that‘s impossible. Our engineers have run a prototype and found that, when certain conditions occur, which is rare I admit, things start to appear. These things we call 'bioforms' for want of a better word."

"Oh I know about those prototypes. What’s your point, Adam?“

"My point is that these bioforms consume power – lot’s of it. I’ve taken a look at the specifications and I see that you’ve rated the longevity of the Universe as infinite. Once these bioforms take hold they multiply at a tremendous rate consuming power as they go. If they remain unchecked, then the Universe will last nothing like that length of time.“

"You’re not listening to me are you, Adam. This energy I have created is a new form of power and it is designed to last forever. Let me explain. The starting point will be this great ball of Energy and after the big bang...,“

"The big bang?“ interjected Adam.

"Of course,“ said God. "This is our most ambitious project yet. It’s only fitting that we start it with a bit of noise and bluster, don’t you think. Now, if I may continue?“

"Yes, I see, sorry God.“

"As I was saying, this initial starting point of energy will disperse as bright spheres of energy, expanding the universe as they go. I like to call them the 'stars' of the show. Now, if and when your bioforms come into existence they will consume energy from their nearest star but, according to my design, energy cannot be destroyed! It can exist in many forms and even change from one form to another but the total amount will always be one unit. There will be no loss – nifty, eh?“

"I’m sorry, God, but you’ve lost me completely.“

"Let me give you an example. Simple bioforms will absorb Energy directly from their nearest star, yes? These, in turn, will be consumed by other, possibly more complex bioforms and the energy passes from one to the other. This property of Energy is so important to the success of the project that I have consulted our legal team and they’ve enshrined it in a law that states that 'Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only converted from one form to another.‘ I’m sure that your bioforms will evolve and eventually realise this for themselves.“

"Evolve?" said Adam. "I’ve never heard of that word before and I’m not sure I like the sound of it either.“

"Did I say that? hmm how strange. I don't think I know what the word means either. Let's just
forget that I ever said it at all, shall we?“

"In that case, if I may say so, that is genius, God!.“

"You may say so, Adam. After all, they do call me the omniscient one, you know.“

"On to the timescales then. How long do you propose it will take to create this Universe?"

"It’s up to you but I was thinking no more than six days tops, and on the seventh day, we'll have a rest or even a party. I think we'd have earned it, don’t you? 

"Six days, you say?“ said Adam. "Hmm, I think it’ll take a little longer than that.“


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Jim Beard at 12:21 on 20 October 2014  Report this post
Hi Mark
 I’m not a group member but I guess it’s OK to comment anyway.

 I enjoyed this little vignette and especially the word play such as God can always make time, that the law of energy should be endorsed by the heavenly legal team and of course the bright spheres of energy being the stars of the show.

 I thought that you may have been steering towards the creation of Eve when I read about bioforms creating power but maybe that’s for another piece.

 The only disappointment for me was the ending. I thought that it fizzled out a little but overall it is a very entertaining read.

Best regards


Maricellus at 11:32 on 21 October 2014  Report this post
Hi Jim

Thanks for the reply. It's nice to know that someone actually reads what I stick up :-) This was the result of a lightbulb moment (a 40 watt lightbulb moment but one nevertheless). It just hit me that without the sun everyone and everything would not exist ... it's a enormous battery that powers everything that has life and colour. Without it entropy would be the norm - a vast grey, cool nothingness (And would it matter). Align this to the first law of thermodynamics and ... ping! ah yes, now I get it!  Put simply, we eat the sun and the energy we ingest is transferred into a golfball, say,  the earth we infinitessimally compress as we walk, a slight displacement of the air we move in. Maybe a five year old gets it straight away but things like this take a little longer with me. Carbon footprint, energy conservation, hmmm i dunno. Does this mean that I pay my electricity bills over and over again for the same commodity.

I take your point about Eve .. I could develop it further and probably could use it somewhere but maybe i should write a "proper story" first.

Thanks for transferring a little of your energy on it, Jim.



BILLINGTON at 19:56 on 23 October 2014  Report this post
Good little number.

I've often thought, and said, that in my opinion , (I know everybody has one and they all stink), the Aztecs were right.
Instead of all the world's religions mankind should unite and worship the sun.

No more Catholic V Prods.

No more Islamic fervour.

No more Arab V Jew.

It makes sense. As you pointed out, without the sun there isn't anything or anywhere to have a religion, or anything else, in. This opinion, by the way, invariably induces shock/horror syndrome in anyone of religious persuasion, which really shows the nub of the problem. 

I think Jim is right about Eve. You missed out on a chance to sex it up by not including some thoughts on Eve. If I were you I'd be thinking of a revision along these lines, maybe with a slightly more exciting ending (frequently hard to achieve).



Maricellus at 11:52 on 24 October 2014  Report this post
Hello Billington

Yes I think the Aztecs did get it right  (apart from the casting virgins off high buildings to their doom bit.) But then again, they didn't have television so I suppose they had to do something to keep themselves entertained. Of course the Aztec's couldn't have survived now ... not enough virgins. It was just a bit of fun but, you are both right,  I could flesh it out with Eve (pun intended).

Thanks for reading.


BILLINGTON at 18:29 on 27 October 2014  Report this post
Hi Mark,

Bit of a waste of virgins, but then some men prefer older more experienced women. They certainly wouldn't survive now.

I suppose you could flesh it out with Eve , a bit of rib tickling ...omigod the puns get worse


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