Michel Clasquin-Johnson

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Michel Clasquin-Johnson is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Africa and was, until recently, the entire Buddhological establishment on the continent of Africa. He lives in Pretoria, South Africa with his wife, son and two motorcycles.

Michel likes to think that he practices Buddhism (in his own way) as well as writing about it. The entire Buddhist world disagrees, but is too polite to say so.

In his spare time, he writes what can loosely be called science fiction. Not a lot of science involved, and a fine disregard for the rules of fiction.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing. Even if the process was only happening in my head, lines of text would dance before my eyes day and night, begging to be committed to paper (and later, to pixels). As a child, I would create long, elaborate "handbooks" on subjects I knew nothing about, really - the copyright holders of several children's encyclopaedias will probably want to have a word ...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a day job. I am a professor of Religious Studies. I also have a young son to look after. There are two motorcycles slowly rusting away in the garage, there are programs to write for an alternative operating system that hardly anybody uses ...

I don't understand people who say they are bored.
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Where to find Michel Clasquin-Johnson online


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Simply Ask. A Guide to Religious Sensitivity for Healthcare Professionals.
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Price: Free! Words: 20,850. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: May 26, 2013 by Michel Clasquin-Johnson. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Ethics
This booklet aims to sensitize and equip healthcare practitioners with knowledge about the religious and spiritual needs of their clients from the major religions. It focuses on the South African situation, but healthcare practitioners from all countries and cultures will no doubt find something new and valuable in it.

Books

366 Squared Volume 3: March
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Series: 366 Squared. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,140. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: May 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This volume was published out of sequence. The reasons for that were explained in Volume 4. We are more than a year late. But we have three billion years before the sun expands into a red giant, swallows the Earth, and all this will be moot anyway. So, relax, pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and enjoy this collection of brand new 366-word flash fiction stories.
366 Squared. Volume 6: June
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Series: 366 Squared. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,810. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
If this is your first taste of the wacky world of 366 Squared, welcome. For the old hands, welcome back, and I trust you will enjoy the new collection of bite-sized stories, vignettes and essays based on the day of the year.
366 Squared Volume 5: May
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Series: 366 Squared. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,170. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: June 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
For the merry, merry month of May, a collection of 31 short stories to wipe that spring-is-here smirk right off your face. As usual, a blend of science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and the occasional mini-essay. As always, each story told in exactly 366 words.
366 Squared Volume 4: April
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Series: 366 Squared. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,580. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
"Hey dude, what happened to March?" I know, I know. The last volume to come out was February. We moved. It was a big, traumatic move that involved a computer standing idle at the other house. There will be a volume 3 for March, I promise. Someday. Meanwhile, this is Vol 4: a little less fantasy,a little more historical fiction, and the usual dollop of science fiction. 366 words per day, as always.
366 Squared Volume 2: February
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Series: 366 Squared. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,840. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This volume contains twenty-nine entries covering the month of February. It turned out to be a difficult month, and there are more mini-essays than I originally planned. There is also a lot more fantasy and less science fiction than I thought there would be. Oh well, I can only take this project where the source material allows me to. We'll see what happens in the next volume.
366 Squared Volume 1: January
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Series: 366 Squared. You set the price! Words: 13,560. Language: British English. Published: January 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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One day, one story, at exactly 366 words each, that is the promise of 366 SQUARED, the short-short story/flash fiction collection that raises the question "In the age of multi-novel book series, is this guy for real?" Yes he is, and 366 SQUARED is the launch of a new era in literature for busy people. Volume 1 contains 31 stories, vignettes or mini-essays, each at precisely 366 words.
Saving Anne and Other Stories
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,350. Language: British English. Published: October 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of five somewhat funny, somewhat dark, occasionally raucous and, I hope, always thought-provoking science fiction stories. There's always a "what if" lurking behind the story itself. What if you were marooned in the distant past? What if your life was a lie invented by a writer in another universe? What if your civilisation depended on the horrible death of a teenage girl?
Former Selves and Other Stories
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,570. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A seeker after knowledge in the Himalayas. An old man whose kind secretly runs the world. A historian with an unusual source of knowledge about things past. A very ... special child. These are the characters that come to life in the four short stories in this collection. With four 100-word flash fiction stories as a bonus.
Common or Garden Dharma. Essays on Contemporary Buddhism, Volume 2
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Series: Common or Garden Dharma. Essays on Contemporary Buddhism. Price: Free! Words: 64,190. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Asian philosophy
A number of shorter works that I have written over the years for which I never signed off the electronic rights - mostly because they didn't exist back then! This is the second book in the series.
Common or Garden Dharma. Essays on Contemporary Buddhism, Volume 1
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Series: Common or Garden Dharma. Essays on Contemporary Buddhism. Price: Free! Words: 43,660. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Asian philosophy
A number of shorter works that I have written over the years for which I never signed off the electronic rights - mostly because they didn't exist then! Some started out as academic articles and have been rewritten to appeal to a broader audience. Others were written in a popular style, but were tucked away in newsletters that were not archived or on defunct web sites.

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