I read The Martian last year and loved it. I noticed this short story floating around Goodreads by the same author titled The Egg. It was brought to my attention that this short story was all over the internet for free. Here’s an excerpt below. You can read the whole story on Andy Weir’s website.
By: Andy Weir
You were on your way home when you died.
It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.
And that’s when you met me.
“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”
“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.
“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”
“Yup,” I said.
“I… I died?”
“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.
You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”
“More or less,” I said.
“Are you god?” You asked.
“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”
“My kids… my wife,” you said.
“What about them?”
“Will they be all right?”
“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”
You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.
“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”
“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”
“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”
“The Egg” is a short story by Andy Weir which looks at life as a continuous loop. At first, I found it pretty interesting, but honestly, this short story was quite boring to me.
I found it interesting that in truth this isn’t what the author believes at all, it’s just a story he thought up. It’s thought-provoking for sure.
It’s free so why not try it?
I ♡ The Martian, but this was just okay for me…
About the Author:
ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel. – Amazon
Other books by Andy Weir:
A: Andy Weir – 1) Write. Actually write. It’s easy to daydream about a story. It’s hard to actually write it.
2) Resist the urge to tell your friends and family about your story ideas. Doing that satisfies your need for an audience and saps your will to actually write it. Make a rule for yourself that they only way anyone will see your stories is by you writing them. It helps with motivation.
A: Andy Weir – I don’t really get writer’s block. My main problem is usually picking which of many plot paths I want to take and committing to it.
Actually, my *real* problem is motivating myself to actually sit down and write. I have all the knowledge in my head, but writing it down is effort and I’m lazy.