The Myth of Empire

A spark, a hiccup. That’s all that humanity has ever been on the planet’s geological timescale. A brilliant colorful flicker, a burnt fuse, then time carries on. As they grow and expand, all civilizations are deceived by their own momentum.  Once they reach a certain size, they become arrogant enough to begin calling themselves “empires”, … Continue reading The Myth of Empire

Die Hope, Die

No human civilization on Earth has ever consciously, successfully limited its total negative impact on the planet’s species and resources.  Never, ever in our history has our impact on the planet diminished, except perhaps during times that were out of our control or conscious intention: plagues, wars and similar events which resulted in either a … Continue reading Die Hope, Die

To Believe

(from the Untitled new novel) With unwavering tenacity and determination, the seeds continued to push with whatever strength they had against the infinite, pitch-black darkness of the heavy, moisture-laden soil up above.  While their persistence and courage were admirable, the truth was that none of them had even the faintest idea of where exactly they … Continue reading To Believe

Who Gives a Fuck about the Children

Far above the Earth's atmosphere, in the peaceful silence of space, Russian and US partners of the International Space Station are squabbling over who's gonna die first if they separate. Linked at the umbilical cord, they both know that they will die without each other. But the hate is so strong. This picture is reflective … Continue reading Who Gives a Fuck about the Children

We Are All Refugees

104 years ago my grandparents were refugees. They were civilians fleeing their lush, beautiful ancient homeland on the Black Sea, following a treacherous path on foot through Asia Minor and into the safety of Greece. They were among the lucky ones narrowly escaping the Turkish army who was on their heels, and facing a new … Continue reading We Are All Refugees

A New Earth, Made out of Chaos

Dear Readers and Followers, I hope this finds you well.  Thank you so much for your support over the past few months while A New Earth - The Apocalypse Locus was being conceived and written, during one of the most interesting periods of my life.  As with many of you in similar situations, I was living in … Continue reading A New Earth, Made out of Chaos

A New Earth – The Children

continued from previous Aspen had skipped Aberash’s sermon.  She was all the way down at the other end of the beach by herself, in a similar lagoon, surrounded by the same glow.  Holding her arms out, she placed them gently on the surface of the water, palms down.  The plankton began swimming towards her hands.  … Continue reading A New Earth – The Children

A New Earth – The Circle

Continued from previoushttps://tsakraklides.com/2021/07/31/a-new-earth-to-all-new-arrivals/ Olivia looked at her notifications.  Jonathan had just sent her a screenshot of a satellite image of the illuminated area of the ocean, and a text message: “on my way”.  Over at the Minimalists’ corner, the ritual celebration had turned into an impromptu leadership meeting in light of the new development in … Continue reading A New Earth – The Circle

A New Earth – To All New Arrivals

continued from previous Olivia was out on an evening stroll.  She begun to curiously walk towards the far end of the beach, where a medium-sized group of Minimalists had set up a permanent vigil for months now. Tonight, the atmosphere was different: re-energized by the latest reports of new variants arising across the globe, the … Continue reading A New Earth – To All New Arrivals