“Taste” / Memorable Fancies #732

      Survivors of the disastrous meteor strike barricaded themselves in forts, lived in giant public compounds where secret murders would be impossible. When the danger of mass starvation became too great, a portion of the refugee population was slaughtered by lottery, and a few volunteered, to be fed to the survivors. It was terrible, revolting, don’t think about it - but it was either that or all would die.      And that’s how it began, how we developed a taste for … not … [Read more...]

“Roberta’s Goal” / A Memorable Fancy #326

     Roberta practices standing on her bathroom scale and, through determined willpower, attempts to levitate a fraction of an inch toward the ceiling. She strains, sweats with effort, gradually changes the display from 125 pounds to 124, then 123. Her cellphone rings. Suddenly distracted, the scale jumps back to 125.      By the following week, however, Roberta manages to achieve 122 and hold her body at that weight for almost a second. Encouraged, over the next few months she gets the scale … [Read more...]