The Way of All Things

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Jason and Maggie Chandler have traveled to the end of the universe: a cold, dark, silent place where, in the halls of the grand palace that represents life’s last outpost, they will bear witness to a universe in its death throes—and glimpse the beginning, perhaps, of what comes next.
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Words: 3,660
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465869685
About James Hampton

James Hampton is a writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy stories, although he enjoys writing, and reading, in a wide variety of genres.

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Review by: Marcia Carrington on Feb. 25, 2018 :
THE WAY OF ALL THINGS is a philosophical short story concerning human existence, seen through the eyes of two characters. The pacing and prose are both first-rate, and the narrative is never rushed in its execution. It prefers the slow and sure build-up to its chain of events before arriving at the satisfying conclusion. Well worth reading.
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Review by: Francis W. Porretto on March 08, 2012 :
Not bad. There are some minor technical errors here, mostly having to do with viewpoint control, but on the whole it's solid. Well done.


Let's talk about your theme for a moment. That the universe will some day "run down" in the projected heat death is, from the standpoint of contemporary physics, unassailable. But why would that make human existence "meaningless?" Even more sharply: If we were to become absolutely certain that the heat death is merely a precursor stage to a new monobloc and a new cosmos, why would that render human existence any more meaningful?

Meaning is a consequence of interpretation. Interpretation requires an interpreter. When it comes to the meaning of a human life, there are several candidates for the position:
-- Yourself.
-- Your loved ones (assuming they love you as well)
-- Your neighbors and colleagues
-- Your "audience," however that might be defined
-- God.

Note that none of the above is "the universe," or the heat death thereof. To lifeless matter, meaning is an irrelevant term.

Now, a theme is a personal thing, and it might strike you that for me to question yours isn't quite cricket. Still and all, I like to engage others on this subject because of the great confusions that attend the question of meaning, a meaningful existence, and the implications of one's position on such things for one's personal course. Overall, you did okay. Write more!
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