The architect build a world, but without a beating heart to pump life through its arteries. And so he designed a system of interrelated organs and a command post with billions of intertwined neurons. He named it Man and he became the architect of the World's Wonders, the seven wonders. The eighth would be Electricity, but that has always been the first one, the open minded man who invented it, in spite of himself, beggar of divine mercy, the man, a two-legged Infinite, always connected to his maker.
(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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.