Looking for a sci-fi short story compilation book I once read. I don't remember whole lot of details, but there are two stories I sort of remember. A lot of details are missing, but the overall plots are as follows.
- Story 1
A protagonist (depressed I think), wakes up and feels something different. Soon the protagonist learns that he can control everything around him with his mind. The protagonist eventually learns there is no limit to the power, and even erases the Earth and the entire universe from existence. Feeling extremely lonely being alone in the void, the protagonist even tries to erase his own existence. At this moment, a "being" appears to the protagonist and tells a story. This "being" says that it went through the same thing the protagonist went through and erased the everything in the universe, then it created everything, and tells the protagonist it is his turn to do the same thing.
- Story 2
This story is set in a future where space exploration/warp drive is available (not sure if it was widespread, or being researched). A man, the protagonist, steals a spaceship capable of warp drive (I don't remember why). While doing so, he uses a gun to kill the team of astronauts who were originally supposed to be on the spaceship. The protagonist uses the warp drive, but soon learns that he is now lost in space, alone in the cockpit, with nothing he can do. The only thing left for him is a painful, slow death. Soon, he remembers a gun he brought with him, with which he can kill himself, but the gun is empty.
I think I read this around 1997~1999. I'm quite sure it was pre-2000. I read this book as a part of an English lesson, learning English as a second language. Along with this book, I read quite a few Penguin Classics like A Tale of Two Cities and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, so the reading level should be similar to those books.