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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