After so many thousands of years, this stuff still works with buttons. And I blamed people for not evolving at all. Whatever, let's just look after our work, that's why we're here. After the eternal Ctr-Alt-Del, blessed be he, we launch the program. So, system initialization, it loads Earth 2.0. Please wait. The operation was successful. Start the program. What was left after that? Oh, yes, voice command: let there be light. Ooo, look, instead of clay we have new materials: Real Fiction. Cool.

(Translated by Alma Teodora Miron / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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