“Boots” / Memorable Fancies #217

[Neuroscientists find a way to record dreams as the dreamer experienced them.] Dream-recording can be forced by order of FISA in the case of accused terrorists, including those who merely served as their pastry-chefs or vanity publishers. Perhaps, was the hope, these people would dream about their co-conspirators, or where the dirty bombs were, or which American city would be next. But the accused dreamed only about Guantanamo, their cage, the boots of their guards. [Click ‘Random Post’ … [Read more...]

“Boarding-Gate” / A Memorable Fancy #423

     A TV monitor in the Gate 32 waiting area suddenly stops showing CNN and addresses Ted by name, tells him he’s suspected of being the notorious terrorist Abu-something. Unnerved, Ted moves several rows away. But now a nearer monitor continues the first monitor’s story, adds details, says that authorities are closing in. Ted hears a noise in the nearby corridor, running feet ... <END> If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, … [Read more...]

“The Cannibal Variations – IV: Domestic Tranquility” / A Memorable Fancy #421

[The future: there’s not much left to eat but people.]      There were arguments, in the early days, as to what stock-breeding should aim at. Some argued that health and vigor were paramount, to ensure the hardiness of the herd. Some said docility. Others, that transportability, i.e., the ability to move large numbers of hubes in boxcars without noticeable damage to their flesh and more days in transit before rotting, were most important in reducing transportation costs. But eventually there … [Read more...]

“from the Aztec Sacrifice Training Manual, year 1518” / A Memorable Fancy #420

     If you didn’t cut it clean, keep the pace. Feel the black obsidian blade lift your arm again.      Without a hint of hurry say the sacrificial words, but to yourself this time.      Some have the heart a little to the right; some have it bound more tightly in; some have small dark veins to snap before the heart comes free.      Move the blade strongly and simply, without shaking or jerking your head or hands.      If the drug was too weak, if she comes to in fright and rises up … [Read more...]

“Five Briefs – XI” / A Memorable Fancy #419

  The dead language revives. Where are the things it has words for?   #   When a man died in archaic Greece, his wife was compelled to spend one night with the body, to ease its passage to the next world. Many of these women remembered, for the rest of their lives, their marriage to a stern, unbending, silent and truculent corpse.   #   The sun god forsakes his subjects every sundown, leaving a more tolerant god in charge of our doings in the … [Read more...]

“The Re-Enactment” / A Memorable Fancy #418

[“...re-enactments. With actors recreating the postures, sounds, and ensuing mayhem ...” – Pil & Galia Kollectiv]      The producer wishes to re-enact the famous play where there was a riot, with many injured and a few dead.      “How realistic do you want this to be?” the director asks. “If we advertise it as a re-enactment, then ticket-holders will know that some of them, at least, may die. The original production wasn’t that way, of course; the catastrophe was a complete surprise. … [Read more...]

“The Cannibal Variations III – Factory Farms” / A Memorable Fancy #417

[The future: there’s not much left to eat but people.]      The “volunteers,” as they were called, were marketed as free-range hube-meat although most had come from inner cities or pockets of poverty in the hinterland, and neither type could really be considered free-range. Arthur Leben contemplated this, the toughness of their meat, and the danger of disease or ingestion of second-hand narcotics. He made a decision: he would establish a hube factory-farm, where the future meat could live … [Read more...]