Tom Brown

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My stories have been read 141052 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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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

Clean Science Fiction

These are short essays written on just a few proposed new ideas for scifi stories. The contributions are speculative of nature they are pure or clean...

Waking into Dreams

In a dream, in sleep, you might realise you are dreaming and wake up but your body is still asleep you can in reality not physically move. It can...

Sleep Paralysis

Night terrors are really terrifying and somehow always seem to come together with personal spiritual struggles in some religious setting and often...

“Out of Body Experiences”

A dark and evil terrible power holds you forcibly to your bed smothering you, you are unable to move or call out or struggle to free yourself...

Colours of my Rainbow

From the outside above the spectrum starts with a red band and steps down to purple inside. The colours are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo...


235 of my comments have received 240 Great Feedback votes

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The Internet Writer

Posted on Wed, 14 Aug 2019

Jacques also has some very practical advice and he gave me the idea of writing this post.

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Posted in Reading prose on Abc

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Beautiful Richard!

Posted on Sun, 11 Aug 2019

Beautiful Richard! I also treasure my childhood memories. Grown-ups don't apprecate how much you learn and the happiness you feel in new experiences and even in everyday life.

Keep well! Tom Brown

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Posted in Sand Dunes

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There was a beautiful model

Posted on Wed, 03 Sep 2014

There was a beautiful model locomotive model in a glass case which rolled if you threw a coin in. Then of course the vendors and porters all over busy, you could even buy beer from them illegal of course.

And there was the coin toilets...

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Posted in the station

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Be good to people

Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019

Be good to people on your way up, you might meet them again when coming down. With some old bosses in mind some of them really really horrid.

I hope you are well Richard! Back to the old prose again must admit I miss the poems.


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Posted in Where Do Young Men Go

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All's well that endds well!

Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019

All's well that ends well!

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Posted in Someone's Son Epilogue

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Looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do!

Posted on Mon, 29 Jul 2019

Looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do!

Cheers Richard! Tom Brown

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Posted in Someone's Son Chapter17

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I know how it

Posted on Wed, 10 Jul 2019

I know how it feels Richard, you don't know what you've got 'till its gone. Hard times. Like a cowboy & western hey?

All the best! Tom

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Posted in Baby, Come Home

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Bottles break homes

Posted on Sat, 15 Dec 2018

Bottles break homes.

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Posted in In Vino Veritas

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Gentle. Do you know

Posted on Mon, 27 May 2019

Gentle. Do you know the poem "on the marraige of a virgin" by Dylan Thomas? One of my favourite lines "the moment of a miracle is unending lightning".

Or what about Madonna for that matter! Tom

PS. Thomas Edison said women are like...

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Posted in Sensual World

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Great adventure

Posted on Sun, 19 May 2019

Great adventure, the dawn sun reflected in the water's mirror! Reminds me of my own youth the thrill of alive!

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Posted in At Lake Babine BC