The Temple at Zelalie

and other Short Stories etc.

by Clive Semmens

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A very varied collection of short (or very short) stories, a recount, a bit of polemic, and one poem. Exploring environmental issues, the human mind, relationships, politics and moreā€¦ Some are set in the recent past, some in the present, some in the near future, and many in the distant future; two are set in space, but most are firmly on the ground - two in India, two in Antarctica, two at sea; most could be almost anywhere on Earth. Many but not all have a post-apocalyptic flavour - sometimes so far post-apocalyptic that the apocalypse is forgotten. Only three involve highly advanced technology, and that scientifically reasonably credible; none involve any magic or anything fantastical. Most but not all of the protagonists are human.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Everyone (no target age)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence


Geography: Earth
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: Wilderness/Desert/Other outdoors
Time Period: 1990 - 1999

Main Character

Age: Other or N/A
Gender: Other or N/A
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Irrelevant or N/A

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Politically or Socially Motivated
Mysteries & Puzzles: Thought-provoking puzzles tangentially related to story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Nature-based survival action
Political/Social Commentary: Story includes metaphors for social or political theme(s)
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Mystery
Mysteries & Puzzles:
  • Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
  • Thought-provoking puzzles tangentially related to story
  • Puzzles or clues that reader could use to solve mystery(ies) of story


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About the author

Clive Semmens

Clive Semmens was born in 1949 in London, and grew up in Yorkshire and Hertfordshire, England. He has degrees in Engineering and Mathematics (1st class honours). He's had a varied career in engineering, research, teaching, teacher training and lecturing, publishing and technical writing. He retired in 2007, and now spends his time writing novels, short stories, and articles on various topics, particularly environmental issues. He stood for parliament as a Green Party candidate in the 2015 UK general election. He's been a frequent visitor to India since 1983, mainly to spend time with his wife's many relatives there - they were married there in 1984. They are widely traveled within Europe, much less so elsewhere (apart from India). He speaks and writes French, German and Hindi to a useful but not high standard.

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