Random Musings by Frodosco

Day 82: The Old Soul by Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Day 82

Summary From Goodreads

‘The Old Soul’ is an enthralling blend of science fiction and speculative fiction that chronicles the adventures of That-Which-Had-Been, as it traverses the fearsome wilderness of the micro-universe. As tiny and inconspicuous as it may seem, That-Which-Had-Been exhibits an unexpected and varied gift for survival, as it journeys implacably toward its ultimate destination. Along the way, it meets a rich array of ordinary human beings, some of whom assist it along its way, others who impede its progress, none of whom have any idea of its existence.

From whence comes the strange, but universal, experience of deja vu? Why do some people exhibit a wisdom far beyond their age and experience – persons reincarnationists refer to as ‘old souls’? Joseph Wurtenbaugh in this short story offers a fascinating and tantalizingly plausible explanation for these phenomena, presented in a natural setting that brims with adventure and exhilarating possibility. Not to be missed by anyone who enjoys science fiction or thinking outside the box.


It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Before happening upon The Old Soul I had never heard of Joseph Wurtenbaugh, this piece will make it hard to forget him. When I was in high school science was my favorite subject, or at least tied with history, but regardless it fascinated me, from biology to chemistry and into physics and even anatomy and physiology, there was always some new realm of the world, or even the universe to explore (yes I took astronomy too). The Old Soul explores one of these realms, that of microbiology and does so in a way that captivates and teaches you a little while entertaining you all at the same time.

From the inside of a human to jumping from one tiny organism to the next, this entity known only as “That-Which-Had-Been” goes on an epic journey showing how the world of microbiology is so very interconnected. If a being were able to do what this one did it would be remarkable, and while luck plays a huge role in such a journey, the inevitable is just that for one with such drive and purpose. The writing is compelling and even though there is a lot of terminology and names of organisms in the piece it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable or cause it to become stiff whatsoever. I thoroughly enjoyed diving back into my old love of the unseen world in our own, the one that is truly the most vital, and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 83!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #82/365

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