Tom Brown

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I have 182 stories published in 20 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 136031 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
228 of my 1,818 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 233 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

Mathematical Induction

Induction is a method of proving certain theorems. The idea is a bit sophisticated but in essence it is simple. In the following the reasoning is...

Out Patients

Still in the old building Dr Joburg spent a lot of time when I saw him he knew me from the shock treatment already. He was my first doctor at...

The Doctor

He was my first doctor at outpatients he had assisted in the shock therapy he knew me. I was devastated. Even then already he warned of drinking and...

Is Time Travel Possible?

"Conventional" time travel to the past is impossible because it will always result in a contradiction of logic. Just as the simple example if I can...

Telling Twister Tales

Tongue twisters ~ tell-tale tale telling tale teller telling tell-tale tales - two twos thrice two to tommy two twice thrice twice thrice tommy two's...


228 of my comments have received 233 Great Feedback votes

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Tricky "I had to do it

Posted on Thu, 31 Dec 2020

Tricky "I had to do it; Mother Nature let me down. I should take a picture on my phone. Everybody does." Then the ending open, mysterious, just guesswork. 

A selfie with a (your victim's) freshly murdered corpse that's a new one.


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Posted in Happy New Year

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Heavy going

Posted on Fri, 27 Nov 2020

Heavy going. Good story good prose -Tom

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Posted in The Seven Ages of Alcoholism – A Letter To My Addiction

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They are cute aren't they?

Posted on Tue, 08 Dec 2020

They are cute aren't they? Very! I like to think is because evolution that baby mammals are so cute and adorable! Funny but it looks like it might be a chicken vs egg situation. They are so helpless and innocent. On the other hand don't mess with...

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Posted in All Around The World, It Is The Same.

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Don't know really

Posted on Fri, 13 Nov 2020

Don't know really what this is all about but I like it! Must be those hurricanes.

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Posted in Thunder-Roll

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"part owl, part tree",

Posted on Mon, 02 Nov 2020

"part owl, part tree", I must say the photo is fascinating it's even hard to believe it's real. Camouflage?

Tom Brown

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Posted in Screech

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When you see her it's butterflies

Posted on Sun, 04 Oct 2020

When you see her it's butterflies in your stomach, such a beautiful creature you just want to hold her hand.

Thanks Richard! We never forget the first crush.

Tom Brown

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Posted in Hot

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We are all brothers and sisters

Posted on Fri, 30 Oct 2020

We are all brothers and sisters here this is Africa.

Tom (bra uncle oom baba muna madoda) Brother

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Posted in My Sister Asked Me

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Maybe one day

Posted on Sat, 28 Mar 2020

Maybe one day I'll marry a girl with sisters then I will have many sisters I do have cousins and nieces an that.

I hope all is well! Tom Brown

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Posted in Cancer Moon

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Don't know about this

Posted on Mon, 26 Oct 2020

Don't know about this it always looks better on paper. Old African Proverb- The only cure for love is marraige. You were just lucky.

Tom Brown

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Posted in Marriage

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There is the following situation

Posted on Thu, 15 Oct 2020

There is the following situation, motor car hijackings and car robbery commonplace, every day. Let's say you come home from work at 2am you worked late. Streets dead quiet. Do you stop at the red robot (traffic light?) Do you? No. Technically it...

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Posted in 4 Way Stop