“The Magic Novel” / Memorable Fancies #1226

You’re in chapter 17 of a novel you’re reading. The characters are moving toward a climax that might be satisfying, might be tragic. What happened to lead to this uncertain end? You flip back to chapters 7, then 5, then 2. Ah, there it is, the small event that set it all in motion, the event almost overlooked at the time. But there is a Magic Novel, too; not the one you were reading. In the Magic Novel, as you turn back to chapter 7 you don’t, quite, read what you read there before. Chapter 7 … [Read more...]

“Harry Changes the Past” / A Memorable Fancy #122

Harry decides to change the past. He invents a machine and goes into the past and changes it. Now he can’t remember that he ever did that, in the old present that now never happened. -or- Harry decides to change the past. He does, resulting in Harry’s no longer existing in the present. So he couldn’t have decided to change the past. He’s still here, in the present. Harry’s head hurts. -or- Harry decides to change the past. He travels into the past, but then assumes he’s in the … [Read more...]