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A short story about the universe.
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Published August 15th 2009 by Andy Weir / Galactanet
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Lola
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story, wow, religion
The perfect gif to express my feelings toward this four page story:

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You were on your way home when you died…

Click HERE to see what happens next. After all, YOU are the hero.

I can't review this the way I review novels. And I can't say anything, because you would be furious at me; I shan't spoil it for you. All I can say is that Andy Weir is one deep guy. Deep deep deep. What I loved most about this - very - short story?

It made me think.

PS. The reason why I can't give this a five star rating is
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Nick
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, spiritual
4 MIND BLOWING STARS!

You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

This 4 pages story got me like:

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I never ever read spiritual books,but this one is hell awesome.And great great job to the author for creating a wonderful and deep story in 4 pages.This was so deep I could see Adele rolling:)



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I will not write a lot about this book,because I am afraid that the review will be longer than the book.But seriously,if you want something to make you think more,read this,and you don't

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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Kat Stark
Shelves: read-2014
Andy Weir..How did you do that to me in just 4 short pages?



Run go read it here:
http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/thee...
karen
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: hey-shorty
people seem really taken with this story. and that's super, but for once i don't feel bad for not liking something as much as other people are liking it.

i'm a jonathan carroll fan. and this 4-page story is fine, but it's really no different from some stoner youth's "hey, imaaaagine if this is the way (insert unknowable situation here) really is?" and there's a small amount of philosophy 101 back-and-forth and then it ends, and i assume you, the reader, are meant to be MIND = BLOWN!

but not me.
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Lyn
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Egg, a short story about the universe.

Very short, and very powerful, packs a lot into a small package.

Like an egg.

Weir continues to impress. Same guy who wrote The Martian, yep that's him.

I could not help thinking of the 1991 Albert Brooks film, Defending Your Life.

This won't take 15 minutes to read, enjoy.

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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

A review told in giffery . . .

Soooooo everyone else read The Egg and were all like . . .

Commercial Photography

Then I read it and was all like . . .

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Why is that?

Commercial Photography

What can I say? It’s 4 pages long and didn’t move me like it did everyone else. Shit happens.

For some reason I was thinking it was going to be something a little more like this . . .

Commercial Photography

Like I said, I'm an asshole.

All I can do is offer my sincerest heartfelt apology . . .

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And remind all of
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Annet
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, weird, religion, fun
Ah... the art of writing short stories... it takes a sharp pen. And this one story was written with a sharp pen. I read it first and then read it out aloud. It's good. It's short, to the point, amusing, fascinating, powerful in a nutshell... ehm... eggshell.
Yes, this is what a short story should be... for me. Enjoyed it. And I hope you enjoy it too! But what about .... that egg? Read it!
http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/thee...

“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”
“You died,” I said,
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Kels
Shelves: fantasy

I honestly have no idea what to say except that it may not be the most agreeable idea but the concept is really thought provoking. You can read the short story here.



Again, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AWESOME KELLY! (Click her name for her short review>) I told you I’ll make it good! haha!
Deanna
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Well ....

I'm not sure how I feel. Ambiguous maybe?

That was a very quick read. It was interesting. I can see why some people love it and I can also see why some readers may not care for it.

Here is the link if you would like to read it :

http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/thee...
Mischenko
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
For this review and others please visit www.readrantrockandroll.com

Spoiler...

The Egg is a short story by Andy Weir which looks at life as a continuous loop. I found this short story to be quite boring.

I found it interesting that in truth this isn't what the author believes at all, it's just a story he thought up.

It's free so why not try it?
http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/thee...

I The Martian, but this was just okay for me...

3***
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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
*speechless*

I've never thought of this.
It's mind-blowing!
And it would make sense.

To actually understand what I'm talking about read The Egg here . It's only 4 pages. And it's enough.

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Sheri
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, short-story
Not much one can say about this super short story. I wasn’t wowed by it, but it was so short that I don’t feel I wasted my time by reading it. You may or may not agree with or like the story, but it will have you briefly considering your own beliefs. Read it (it’s about a 5 minute read), ponder it, and decide for yourself.

Read for free here: http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/thee...
Sarah
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”
Sana
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
How can this guy do this to me through a four page story.

Read this cool little story here -
http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/thee...
Cheri
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Two characters. You and I.
A car accident.
Death.
The "After"

http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/thee...

Becky
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
So after reading (and loving) Weir's The Martian, I bee-lined it to his author page to see what else he'd written. It's a little disappointing that the only other thing is a short story that took me 3 minutes to read, but I'll take what I can get.

(Write more novels.)

As I was reading this little story, I couldn't help but feel that it was familiar to me. I feel like I've read it before, but I can't quite place where or when. A quick (read: half-assed) google search tells me that it's been making
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Anne
So the guy who wrote The Martian has a one page freebie about The Meaning of Life.
Is it anything life-changing? No. But it's free. And at least he didn't try to charge his fans money for a garbage creation like some authors did.

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Read it here.
Cecily
A very short story (two pages of A4: http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/thee...) by the author of The Martian.

It's too short to risk any spoilers, but it starts with a dead man's encounter with God, and follows their conversation, as the dead man asks what happens next, what the meaning of life is, etc. The answer is simple and complex, trivial and profound, religious and blasphemous (YMMV).

I'm not sure if I'm unsettled or uplifted.

Enjoy.


I've now read his famous novel, soon-to-be-film, The Martian
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Elizabeth Sagan
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mindblowing
This is the kind of idea that comes to your mind while taking a shower (and we all know those are the best ones). You repeat the dialogues in your mind, in that weird trance that you’re having when the muse pays you a visit. You hurry to your desk, with the towel still on. You write everything in 20 minutes. The next day you’re doing some editing and you’re done.
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It was hands down the best short story I’ve ever read. I’ve read it years ago and I’m still thinking of it from time to time (like
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Nataliya
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nataliya by: Cecily
Shelves: 2015-reads
"You were on your way home when you died."
So this is a tiny short story by Andy Weir - yes, he of The Martian fame, the book that still makes me feel all giddy inside. This is a story that apparently has gone viral, but I somehow missed it (apparently I do live under a rock - 14-16 hour workdays can do that to you) until I saw a friend's review and my curiosity peaked.

It's indeed a quick tiny story that you can read in under three minutes. It's a parable, really - and written in an easy catchy
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Andrew Smith
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'd loved Weir’s The Martian – both the book and the film adaptation – and I'd subsequently heard quite a lot of people waxing lyrical about this short story. It’s easy to track down a free copy on the Internet and it really is very short, the audio version being just eight minutes long.

It’s a fantasy/ science fiction tale of a man who dies in a car accident, leaving behind a wife and two children. In the immediate aftermath he meets his Maker and it’s the discussion that ensues that packs the
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Agir(آگِر)
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Agir(آگِر) by: Nastaran
داستان کوتاهی در مورد تناسخ بود
در مورد این نظریه ی هندوئی، چیزهایی خوانده بودم ولی نمیدانستم که در آن گفته می شود که همه ما انسان ها فقط یک نفریم

شاید هم استنباط نویسنده باشد
طبق این نظریه،هرگلی زدی به سر خودت زدی
؛)

“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”

“And you’re John Wilkes Booth*, too,” I added.

“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.

“And you’re the millions he killed.”

“I’m Jesus?”

“And you’re everyone who followed him.”

You fell silent.

Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad
...more
Adrian
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great little book (well its only 4 pages, so hardly a book).
And it certainly crams a great deal into those 4 pages.

Difficult to know what to say, so I suggest you just read it, it won't be a waste of your time.
James Trevino
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit!

You know, I read entire books, hundreds, thousands of pages that had less of a mind-f**k, emotional, amazing punch than this 4 pages tale had.

And you know what the crazy thing is? It might actually be true.



So now Andy Weir told us stories with Martians and God. What’s next? Kanye?

Roya
Dec 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me, dull, awful
This opinion is highly unpopular. Keep on scrolling.

Two Things I Hate:


1) This sorry excuse of a short story
2) Lana Del Rey.

This review expresses my hatred of both of these things. If you want to know why I hate Lana, read this. If you want to know why I hated this short story, read it.

Despite my love for Lana Del Rey's music, as a person, I can't stand her. Vacuous, manipulative, and fake...nope, not my area. Find another vulnerable teenage girl to target, but I'm fresh out of sympathy.



This
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Sr3yas
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Want to read a free short story written by Andy Weir (The Martian)? Click here!

I've been contemplating about the story for last five minutes and the more I think about it, weirder it becomes!

Update: Well, the idea has been acting up like an itch in the brain for last five hours. But then I realized, I've already wrestled with such an abstraction years before.

Anyone remember this scene from "Before sunrise"?!
Liz* Fashionably Late
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
JV (semi-hiatus)
Me, halfway through:



Welp, this is a succinct yet fascinating story! Yes, mind-boggling, but not the kind that blew me away. It's still a well-presented, interesting idea that will keep you contemplating about the meaning of life.

Susana
Um pequeno conto que se lê em 5 minutos (ou menos) e que apresenta uma interessante e original visão do (nosso) Universo.

Recomendo a toda a gente.

A really short story that reads in 5 minutes (or less) and presents an interesting and original interpretation of (our) Universe.

Recommended for everyone.
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
You were on your way home when you died.

It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death.




I am not even entirely sure what I just read! Whatever it was, was good though! It took about five minutes to read.

Check it out HERE
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ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, THE MARTIAN, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California. Andy’s next book, ARTEMIS, is ...more
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“Wait. I’m everyone!?”
“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.
“I’m every human being who ever lived?”
“Or who will ever live, yes.”
“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”
“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.
“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.
“And you’re the millions he killed.”
“I’m Jesus?”
“And you’re everyone who followed him.”
You fell silent.
“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”
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“It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.” 16 likes
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