“The Mysterious Emails” / Memorable Fancies #1705

You begin to receive emails with long, seemingly meaningless, sequences of letters and numbers. A code, it seems, perhaps a message, but you can’t find anything in these sequences that have meaning – they seem to be random, just noise. But then, you’re no statistician or code-breaker, so maybe they do mean something. Why are you receiving them? You don’t know. After two weeks the emails stop coming. That afternoon, visitors arrive at your home, knock politely. Calmly, they apologize for … [Read more...]

“The Hollow Mind” / Memorable Fancies #1701

[The mind is a hollow space constantly invaded by gods and voices.” – Roberto Calasso] For years I’ve heard the gods whispering to each other, but couldn’t make out what they were saying. But then one day I overheard them clearly – talking about me. When they discovered I was listening, they immediately shut up, glanced at each other, nodded. The memory of their voices, those fatal words, fills my hollow mind. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Our Conspiracy” / Memorable Fancies #1696

[“It’s our conspiracy to see ... the world one way” – Alice Fulton] Yes, all people of good will agree that the world is as it is, and that anyone who disagrees, who attempts to see through the veil that covers our eyes – anyone who does that, well, we conspire to see them one way, too, the only possible way for our conspiracy to see them, deal with them... [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Be Careful What You Dream” / Memorable Fancies #1349

Google has invented a device to record your dreams. Plug it in at bedtime, and in the morning your dream-files (.dre) are waiting for you, ready to amuse or terrify you, brighten your conversation at the breakfast table or at work. You can post these dreams online, invite LIKEs and FOLLOWs. Certain dreams are LIKEd by government authorities so much that they FOLLOW you. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Try Try Again – A novel of deadly U.S. political intrigue from … [Read more...]

“Sheila and the Tele-Breather” / A Memorable Fancy #132

The telephone rings – Hello? Hello? Heavy breathing. A prank? A nut? Something worse? It happens again over the next few days. Sheila worries: perhaps it’s someone she knows – someone she works with. Who knows when or if he would do more than just phone? She watches her co-workers. Could it be one of them? Or the nice man at the ice cream shop where she buys a strawberry shake once in a while? Or the barista at Starbucks? She advertises in the neighborhood’s free newspaper – If you have been … [Read more...]