A Short History of Magic book cover A story set far away in space and time, when people have lived long and spread over the entire galaxy. It is also a time when humans have forgotton their past. But what have they forgotton and, more importantly, why have they forgotton it?

A Brief History of Time, Book Cover This story was one suggested by its title, rather than the more normal process - in my experience, anyway - of a title emerging from the text of the story itself.

Of course it's an echo of several other well-known works, including A Brief History of Time by Professor Stephen Hawking and A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

I spent quite a lot of time mulling over the structure and presentation of this tale, which I do appreciate is somewhat unusual. Do let me know what you think of the approach.

The story was also shaped by the handful of quotations which accompany the text - a useful and amusing focus, I found.

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