The Magnificenting Glass

A researcher comes across a plain-looking magnifying glass, only to discover that the glass does not magnify, it makes magnificent.

This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.

A researcher assighed to catalog artifacts discovers that a plain-looking magnifying glass is more like a kaleidoscope that shows different, quite splashy, scenes depending on what it’s being held on.  And in fact, it seems the plainer the object, the more…extravagant the scene. But who made the glass? And who does it belong to now?

This story revisits the Year Two story entitled “The Telescope of True Sight,” in which a young woman remembers her grandmother’s stories about an ancient telescope, given to her by a prince, that worked like a regular telescope for most, but showed wonders and marvels to those willing to see farther. How is it connected? By the concept of a tool that uses glass to extend human vision. I also make a brief reference to spectral cameras, cameras capable of capturing images of ghosts, which are from a story in Year Five called “Spectral Camera Model 57.”

[Video description: No sound. Duration is 13 seconds. Digital drawing. A hand at the bottom right corner holds what appears to be a magnifying glass over a patch of grass. Through the glass are seen bright multi-colored shapes that appear to be a cityscape seen from above.  The words “Short Story” are displayed in the middle.  Below them is written “Genre: Mystery.”  The words fade away as the story’s tagline, the first sentence of this post, appears at the top. Behind the words, a blur animation wipes down the screen.  When the image is clear again, the top right shows a folded over notebook. The tagline fades. The website name “” appears at the bottom throughout.]

Genre: Mystery, Mythology, Science Fiction


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