The Universe and Other Stories

by Eric Falardeau



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/26/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781553697329

About the Book

The Universe and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written over a period of ten years, from the first 1991 piece, The Maid's Dress, to its tenth anniversary counter-part: Classified Ads. Varying in both length and style, each of these entertaining stories brings its own little universe and insights. Here are highlights of a few of them:

The Maid's Dress shows Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson coming out of a period of inactivity when a new client brings a refreshing change of pace. A murder was committed and the main suspect is quickly dismissed by Holmes on the account of the maid's dress. Dr. Watson advances theory after theory but is thwarted by Holmes' implacable logic. The great detective has only one clue, the maid's dress, but it sounds sufficient.

George is leading a perfectly ordinary life when a recurring nightmare comes to haunt him. Managing to keep his mind from probing a few lapses, he questions himself less and less... but a few others are getting seriously worried, if not scared...

The Unidirectional Vertical Energy Retension System Expansion Project has a very long title. It is a fake scientific report describing the basic system requirements to which complies our Universe. Built as a journey through the wonderful world of acronym, it remains a pleasant and original reading.

Also contained in this compilation:
Classified Ads
The Pilgrim
Threesome comic strip
The Little Angel and the Golden Soul
The Peters Principle and I
The Crossbow
Selection of poems and songs

About the Author

Christian-Eric Falardeau was born in 1968, on a little farm near the village of Beaudry, now part of Rouyn-Noranda, in Abitibi-Temiscamingue (north-west of Quebec). He was raised amidst cows and some of them might have influenced several of his characters. He also has two brothers and three sisters.

In 1990, he graduated from Sherbrooke University with a degree in computer science, embarked on a career as a programmer analyst and, later on, became a software development manager. He retired from the industry in March 2002.

He wrote his first novel in 1993 (Saint-Jolivet of Pendleton) quickly followed by a second one (Paul III of Montreal) before slowing down to accommodate the demands of a busy profession. Writing on and off over the next few years, he came back to literature on a more serious level in 2001 with the completion of his third novel (Caroline) and various short stories.

Now a full-time writer, many new novels and short stories can be expected in the coming months and years.

See also:
The Alas League (English)
Caroline (English)
Caroline (French)
Le faux écrivain (French)
La Ligue des Helas (French)
Paul III de Montréal (French)
Paul III of Montréal (English)
Saint-Jolivet de Pendleton (French)
Saint-Jolivet of Pendleton (English)
La simplicité de la vie (French)
The Simplicity of Life (English)