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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the SCIENCE FICTION genre (05/10/07)

By esther robinson


The standing ovation continued long after the speaker was introduced. A cheerful, middle-aged man appeared on the podium. Tears of joy trickled, even without her volition, from a woman who sat in the first row of that packed auditorium. Each tear of hers had several chapters of autography with something special and specific to convey.

Moving memories like a movie replayed in the monitor of Caroline’s mind screen. There were umpteen reasons for her to cry. Her beloved husband abandoned her on finding fresh pastures. She locked the vault of her heart and placed a ‘no entry’ board. Breaking a beautiful bond was out of question to her. She endured the worst betrayal of its kind. No sciences could offer a solution. Yet, this phase of unbearable agony diminished whenever she saw the countenance of her son.

The next segment of weeping began when her son started his schooling. Invariably, Caroline’s son Samuel’s progress report showed him as a student scoring digit marks in the Science subject. The thought of parent-teacher interview would hit her spirit like an electrical shock. “What would his class teacher remark? My son has no memory power. Perhaps is he a slow learner? How could that be? He seems to be hyper active in other things but only studying Science subject is like consuming bitter medicine. What would his future turn out to be? Would he go astray like his father?” Many millions of questions kept slashing the shores of her brain from dawn to dusk.

One day, she requested her friend Diana to remember her son in prayers stating that he is particularly weak in Science subject. Diana, a true servant of God emphatically told her this. “In God are hidden the treasures of wisdom of knowledge. Accumulation of data is knowledge. Science is accumulation of data about various things. Therefore, science is a form of knowledge. Pray like that persistent widow. Surely He will be moved by your plea and would grant you the desires of your heart. Seek Him sincerely everyday and surely you will see a difference in Sam’s academic life. He will excel like Joseph and Daniel of the Biblical times.”

Caroline obeyed the words of Diana and diligently sought the Lord daily along with her son Samuel. During one of their family prayers, together they read the portion from the Bible found in Genesis 19:24. ‘Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens.’ ‘Mom! What is meant by brimstone?” Samuel questioned. “I think it is sulphur. Anyhow, let us together find out.” Caroline responded. Later Caroline had no time to keep up this particular promise. Yet, this stirred up the spirit in Samuel.

He finally found out what brimstone meant. His quest revealed that possibly a French man named Antoine Lavoisier should be credited with convincing the scientific community that sulphur is an element in the year around 1777. He also found that brimstone meant sulphur had it’s root from the Sanskrit word "sulvere" meaning "sulphur"; also from the Latin word "sulphurium" meaning "sulphur" On researching upon that one word ‘brimstone’ he landed upon several other information like the life of Lavoisier, how the various civilizations like Assyrian, the tribe of Bootier knew the usage of brimstone, about the books of Homer and his writings (the Odyssey in 1000 B.C.).

Suddenly Science subject became something very interesting spontaneously. Above all, his first love was the Grand Old Book – the Bible. A ray of hope beamed. A rapid transition took place. From then on, Caroline had to read long passages from the Bible and also go over pages read earlier. Samuel was engrossed in sorting out Science, History, Geography, Astronomy, Philosophy and everything treasured in the Bible. Finally he became a scholar in Theology. He graduated with a doctorate in Divinity.

There was pin drop silence. Everyone eagerly waited to pick up the precious pearls of wisdom and knowledge that fell from the mouth of Dr. Samuel Johnson - now a renowned evangelist. His schoolmates who had earlier ridiculed were amazed by his insight into several deeper spiritual truths. Science is a subset of the super and universal set called the wisdom of God. The wisdom of God can transform anyone considered dull by the human standards as the most brightly sparkling diadem in the hands of the Lord (I Chronicles 28:9).

Seek the Sovereign Lord, He will lift you to greater heights – beyond your comprehension.

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Joanne Sher 05/19/07
Very interesting read. A bit hard to follow in places, but you have some very good description in this piece. Keep writing!
Jacquelyn Horne05/20/07
This is very informative. It doesn't seem to fit science fiction, however. But the writing is good and there has been some research here it seems. So keep on keeping on. Good job.
william price05/21/07
Some classic lines in this piece. Great potential. Keep up the good work. God bless.