Tom Brown

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I have 201 stories published in 21 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 157674 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
269 of my 2,026 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 274 votes

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Tom Brown

Apart from studies in the natural sciences I am interested in languages and literature in general as well as religion. Lately I have been writing more popular general interest essays and also trying for a bit of balance with mathematics and while keeping things understandable for most people.

I am South-African born and bred. At high school I excelled in science and mathematics competitions and completed two years of mechanical engineering with very good results. That didn't work out due to ill health. I have had permanent teaching positions at Unisa and at Wits.

Graduating with an MSc under WK Bartoszek (Unisa 1997) and a PhD under N Sauer (Pretoria 2006) formal interests would be in abstract analysis: Markov operators and stochastic processes; vector valued Laplace transforms applied to semigroups and families of evolution equations (empathies). It has now been quite a while since I was academically active I don't have much published. The way things have developed was beyond my control and I am very isolated.

Favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells and Jack London, Shakespeare and poets William Blake and Dylan Thomas. I like adventure, science fiction and fantasy movies my all time greatest are the Narnia stories and the Lord of the Rings.

The meal best enjoyed is a breakfast of bacon eggs on toast fried chips with fresh orange juice, and for supper an ox-tail stew. I like eating out romantic. For recreation nature hikes, camping and fishing, listening to good music and reading, classics mostly, and good movies. I love dogs my best one was a Maltese poodle Freddy. I love rain and lightning thunderstorms and rainbows. As well as writing and publishing here on Abctales.

God is in the details. God is in the timing.

My stories

Elementary set theory

Georg Cantor (1845 – 1918) The actual infinite arises in three contexts: first when it is realized in the most complete form, in a fully independent...

Some theorems on sets

This view of the infinite, which I consider to be the sole correct one, is held by only a few. I entertain no doubts as to the truths of the...


One friday after school I was short a player for a league match the guy dropped me I had to fill my team. The Sneaker joked he knew the moves I put...

Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Are they a danger? And yes, potentially. We are defenceless if they meant us harm, any moment they might reveal themselves. It can be at any time but...

Spacemen and Heavenly beings

Mythology of ancient civilizations the Egyptians, Greek and Roman, heroes and gods, giants and great warriors of Norsemen and Goths as well as almost...


269 of my comments have received 274 Great Feedback votes

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I got lost twice since a long time

Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2022

I got lost twice since a long time it was terribly scary. The one time was in bush sea bushes at the sea God spared me nothing else. The first one I can remember was in primary school. Another was weird tunnels behind across the walkway of a...

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Posted in Lost and Found

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Sorry Di I honestly did not mean

Posted on Sun, 06 Feb 2022

Sorry Di I honestly did not mean to criticise your work at all and I don't recall that I ever have. It is a great poem. But please keep in mind any good teacher knows one often learns more from your mistakes and by the way I'm also out of a job....

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Posted in February Rainbow

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Posted on Tue, 14 Sep 2021

Yes. Beautiful ending, man's best friend. Heartbreaking sometimes we feel a duty for mourning. And indeed, it is much more noble to live for someone than to die for someone, sometimes living takes great courage.

Keep well Paul! Tom

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Posted in With or Without You

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No doubt inspired

Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2020

No doubt inspired by Jules Verne's classic scifi novel 20,000 leagues under the sea. Also makes one think of Jacques C. and the research ship the Calypso.

Good work, original too! We are in, looking out, man and fish roles reversed! Who's...

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Posted in Here Be Dragons

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it's good to be young

Posted on Fri, 14 Mar 2014

It's good to be young and insane.

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Posted in Mental Illness

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You know winter is here

Posted on Fri, 03 Feb 2023

You know winter is here when the swallows are all over rows and rows on the wires preparing to leave. Would love to do that. Take summer with you.

Cheers! Tom Brown

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Posted in Blue Yonder

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Especially with the sirens and lights!

Posted on Mon, 30 Jan 2023

Especially with the sirens and lights! I want to be a fireman when I grow up.

Loved it! See you Rhiannon! Tom

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Posted in Let the Blue through!

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What intrigue!

Posted on Tue, 17 Jan 2023

What intrigue! Can't blame you for being so curious. Read it a few times.

Keep well Jernny and all! Tom

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Posted in Extraordinary Experience On The Bus

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Very interesting Richard!

Posted on Fri, 20 Jan 2023

Very interesting Richard! And how you count yourself as a "homeless" person. Such as our world is just a tent before the mansions and great heavens.

But where does "Bathe" com in?


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Posted in Bathe

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Let Go and let God

Posted on Thu, 12 Jan 2023

Let Go and let God

a slogan for us control freaks. Keep well Jenny!


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Posted in Allowing Letting Go