Five Sentence Fiction – Maps – “Reality is Mirrored” PG13

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Five Sentence Fiction

Lillie McFerrin brings us Five Sentence Fiction as usual and does such a great job.  This week’s word is MAPS.  Please read mine below and click >HERE< for the rest.  Enjoy!!!

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“Reality is Mirrored”

By Scott L Vannatter

Tolan stared at the newest work of H. N. Salimond:  it was a full world map complete with scale readings, country names, and all the other necessities needed to be used everywhere in the world, especially the digital world.

“Master Salimond, if I may be so bold,” Tolan began timidly, “you have created a wonderfully detailed rendition of the entire surface of our planet, but…”  he trailed off.

“Yes, man!  Out with it!  I haven’t got all day!”  Salimond kept inking and rendering different section of the maps, small corrections and enhancements everywhere.

“Sir, if you publish this on the Internet, the entire world will be using a map whose scale is wrong in that Europe is much smaller and Africa is so much bigger in reality.”

“Reality, my boy, is what we make it on the Internet in that, given time, everyone will simply accept this map as the truth over reality!”


I have the article listed/linked below; this particular story is based on truth.  It seems that the maps (most of them, anyway) that were used in our textbooks had the countries incorrectly sized.  – Scott

Article referenced for basic info here (though my story is fiction): Article




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  • Patricia  On August 18, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Sometimes reality seems too scary or ugly so we make reality to our liking or personal truth.


  • Indira  On August 18, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Excellent story. Last para says it all.


  • freyathewriter  On August 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Oh yes, we gazed at completely the wrong projection as children!


  • The Writer's Village  On August 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    egocentric inventions have its advantages.
    At least to us, size matters.

    And yes, there is a power to the internet. But there was always a power in mass communication going back to beginning of civilization.


  • ZombieSymmetry  On August 16, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Excellent short story! And that Lake Street Diva is pretty awesome too! 😀

    However, the Upworthy video that was your inspiration was the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in a long while. Any two dimensional projection (i.e. map) of a three dimensional object (i.e. globe) is necessarily going to be distorted one way or another. The gist of the video seems to be “our distortion is better than that distortion because it makes third world countries bigger.”


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