Micromegas by Voltaire
* In "Micromegas," Micromegas is banished from his home planet for 800 years for writing a book that the leaders of his country found heretical.
* Micromegas wanders the universe and comes to Saturn.
* On Saturn, he meets a Saturnian that he befriends and asks to come along on his journey with him.
* Micromegas and the Saturnian come upon Earth.
* They discover life on Earth and question Earth's inhabitants about the existence of a soul.
* Micromegas and the Saturnian find the earthlings inferior.
* Micromegas gives the earthlings a book to explain all questions.
* The book is blank.
The Mass of the Atheist by Honore de Balzac
* In "The Mass of the Atheist," a famous surgeon named Desplein is introduced.
* Desplein takes on an assistant, Horace Bianchon.
* Horace witnesses Desplein leave patients to care for a poor water carrier.
* Horace witnesses Desplein enter a church.
* Horace follows Desplein into...
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