“Alien Nation News” / Memorable Fancies #2197

Some of the most well-known TV news anchors are aliens. Not from other countries, I mean from other worlds. I’m the only one who knows this. I’m the only one who can tell which are human and which aren’t. They’re mostly harmless, just trying to do a day’s work, getting along on their adopted planet as well as they can – at least I thought so at first. But then I noticed a consistent slant to their reporting ­– more sympathy for people coming to the U.S. from other countries than – I have. I’m … [Read more...]

“Night Game” / Memorable Fancies #2191

Two old friends play chess one evening. Their forces advance, retreat. First one player gains an advantage, then the other. Late in the evening, tired, they agree to continue their game the next day. That night the black and white forces, each planning a quick checkmate, continue their game alone, without the nuisance of their slow and bumbling players.             >> below: one-act play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Run for Your Life!” / Memorable Fancies #2190

[“... reality, which keeps on running like a headless chicken.” – Jean Baudrillard] The chicken flees the axe, not knowing the axe’s work is done. And we, too,… … [Read more...]

“The Melancholier” / Memorable Fancies #2189

[“Tip $10 to have the melancholier help you stop laughing.” – John Hodgman] He laughs at you for having taken your $10, strides away waving the bill above his head. Now you are no longer laughing. … [Read more...]

“The Cure” / Memorable Fancies #2188

[In Pinel’s asylum, “the madman was to be supervised in his every movement, to have all his pretensions shattered, his ravings contradicted, and his mistakes ridiculed.” – Michel Foucault] That’s enough to drive anyone crazy. … [Read more...]

“Our Aliens” / Memorable Fancies #2187

[“Fear there can be, also an unsettling delight, the trace of the intimacy we can achieve with alien things.” – Kenneth Gross] The alien things don’t seem so threatening, at least right now. Of course, they could be holding back, pretending, hiding some dreadful scorn. But humans, now, those other alien things; we know how dangerous they are.... … [Read more...]

“Being God” / Memorable Fancies #2186

[“Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) is famed as the originator of the ontological argument for the existence of God." – Wikipedia] Anselm develops his theory, and the god slowly – takes shape before him. It is angry. Being was not what it had in mind. … [Read more...]