We're back now. We had got in the wrong place, a glacier which afterwards melted and set us free. Everyone is OK - we are like a few billion and the network seem to work properly. The collective consciousness is active and the society returned to its perfect version. The only thing we're still missing is an organic interface. We plan to use as hosts the first people that will come to examine the strange items that appeared out of the blue. Then, we shall spread. People have become more stupid, more aggressive and more primitive. So much wasted energy! It would be a shame not to use it for something greater.

(Translated by Elena Florea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In June 2021, the group has 6.650 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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