“Star-flicker” / Memorable Fancies #1621

[“The moon in all her weirdness, unnatural stars,...”  - from What Your Dreams Mean] One of the stars in our night sky isn’t really a star, or so says the Health and Science section of the Post today. Real stars gleam with a steady light even if to us they seem to flicker, and a few glow periodically brighter and dimmer. But this one – its flickers seem to be a kind of code. Our scientists are trying to understand what it says. One of the scientists is now emerging from his lab. His … [Read more...]

“THINGS With Attitude – II” / Memorable Fancies #1185

Those THINGS I told you about last month? I thought they were gone for good, but now they’re back. Consider: THINGS are changing (into what?). A THING of beauty (some of them are female). Are THINGS getting you down? (they take all the good jobs). How are THINGS? (they looked a little pale yesterday). Every THING will be OK (what’s wrong with them now?). THINGS haven’t been easy (they’re rude and sometimes they spit). THINGS couldn’t be worse (and now they’re taking … [Read more...]

“An Economy of Dreams – V” / A Memorable Fancy #247

[Neuroscientists find a way to record dreams as the dreamer experienced them.] Secretly, dreams are polled to see what themes are trending. Results are sold to businesses, fashion designers, Hollywood producers, politicians, and headlined on Windows 8 “start” tiles. All this is more or less benign. But a mysterious group is discovered buying copies of everyone’s dreams. No one knows what their intentions are or who is funding them, but rumors of “aliens” are muttered. Does that mean … [Read more...]

“Keys” / A Memorable Fancy #209

"Where are my damn keys?" But you do find them after a while, don't you? "Just where you left them." But your things were really gone, taken by the aliens and carefully duplicated. Then the originals were placed where you would find them. What do the aliens do with the objects they copy? They're re-creating our world, one object at a time. When they're done, they will have no more use for our own things, or for us. “Now, where in hell did I park my car? And where's Junior, … [Read more...]

“Thursday” / A Memorable Fancy #158

There is an alien inside me. It’s been there many years but has not, as yet, harmed me. I feel it moving after I’ve eaten. In bed, I look down and see my belly rising and falling regularly – my alien is asleep. There is some involuntary out-gassing – my alien must not have enjoyed my dinner. I found a few foods it can tolerate without upset, and I eat only those. Even though I detest these foods, my alien seems to like them. I have begun seeing a psychiatrist. She tells me that my alien is in … [Read more...]