“Time for the Movies” / Memorable Fancies #1689

[“illuminating all the motionless world of Time” – Allen Ginsburg] Like a movie, there’s really no change, no time; just one thing and then another thing, motionless thing 1, then 2, then 3, that tricks us into believing there’s a something between thing 1 and thing 2 – something moving – like a movie. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Time Capsule” / Memorable Fancies #1644

[“How many time capsules have been lost forever. Lost to people’s memory.” – Daniel Tucker] The Springfield Senior High Class of 1976 Time Capsule, with all those lovely words and trinkets, a few treasured hopes and secrets that should remain secret, and – what I wrote then, what I confessed to –. If the capsule is dug up, what I bragged about would ruin my life now – my new life. Long ago, I didn’t think it would matter to me, dad a mill-worker and mom taking in washing and my burning … [Read more...]

“Can the Past Be Changed?” / Memorable Fancies #1631

Can the past be changed? If time is an illusion, then we can change the past. Make all those bad things not-happen. Make really good things happen, instead. But those would be illusions too. Go fish. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Harry Changes the Past” / Memorable Fancies #0122

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...]

“The Magician” / Memorable Fancies #1411

I look at my watch. It’s 5:46am. I turn to my writing again and believe, after a while, that I’m making hard-won progress with my all-night stint. I look at the watch again, and again it reads 5:46am. It must be broken, and yet the second-hand continues its calm rotation. I write more: a new chapter, a new character (an evil magician) is introduced. 5:46am. Yes, my watch must be broken. But where is the sunrise? <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Fragments of the Future, 18 … [Read more...]

“Illusions of Time” / Memorable Fancies #1393

[“...fragments of her past, with details lost or put back in the wrong order.” – Nabokov] But there is no correct order, because there is no sequence to place events in, time of course being a delusion she has suffered from for many years. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Fragments of the Future, 18 dark and unexpected sci-fi stories originally from StoneThread Publishing, now in a new second edition. … [Read more...]

“I want to be your past, or, What are you doing last year?” / Memorable Fancies #1365

[“Are you my now?” – Stacy Doris] Let’s just cut to the chase here: I want to be your past, so you can wonder where I went, what I might be doing now, without the nuisance of having to live through all that crap with me again for the first time. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: For Anacreon, 30 poems of love and life from the ancient Greek poet (originally published as a chapbook by Silkworms Ink). … [Read more...]

Can the Past Be Changed? / Memorable Fancies #1233

We tend, irreflectively, to view the past as just as real as the present, and we go about finding out “what happened” the same way we find out what’s happening now: by collecting testimony, looking at records, searching for physical evidence — everything but direct observation of the past event, which is now impossible. Our unspoken assumption is that the past is just as real as the present, but can no longer be directly observed. A contrary view: The past is just what we conclude from … [Read more...]

“Fast-Forward Your Life” / Memorable Fancies #1181

[“While waiting, I kill time as I may.” – Hubert Benoit]       Waiting for that damn meeting to start, the one that’s been postponed three times now, I decided to "blank" for a while. Killing time, that vivid expression: just fast-forward your life until something interesting happens. I set the e-timer for thirty minutes, interruptible if my device decided that some other device needed to break in. I clicked “on” ...       OK, back again. Anything interesting happen in that time? Nothing, … [Read more...]

“This Place” / Memorable Fancies #791

[Reminder: on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7pm, I will be reading/signing my new short story collection at One More Page Books (onemorepagebooks.com). Complimentary wine, fun, fiction, and friends!]        Sometimes I like to imagine that I’m free, able to do something that could surprise me. But there are no surprises in this place.        Once there was nothing. There could have been a different something, but when there was finally something there was only that one something, What Is. The time … [Read more...]

“Changing the Past” / Memorable Fancies #559

If you change your past then you can never know, in your new present, that you did change your past. Perhaps you’ve changed the same past before, over and over, searching for the one past that will, at last, make today right. We can call this “the Scrooge dilemma.” <END>      If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites.      Subscriptions to this blog are available at … [Read more...]

“Clockers – II” / A Memorable Fancy #376

Sometime in their freshman History of Civilization course, college students are introduced to the idea of “clocks”; how “clocks” had been used for several centuries and then abandoned. Professor Krone patiently presents the idea of clocks; some students have a hard time grasping it. When they finally do, their admiration of the ancient times quickly dissolves. The most glaring problem with clocks, Krone explains, is that they display a different time-number each day at the same time, … [Read more...]

“Clockers – I” / A Memorable Fancy #374

     Berkeley the Philosopher wrote that we perceive time as regular and uniform only because God experiences everything in the proper sequence, just the right before-and-after. Why did Berkeley need this idea? To guarantee the uniformity of our earthly clocks – God as master timekeeper, divine meta-clock.      But if that’s true, then God could speed or slow time, or switch before and after back and forth, and we could never notice that He had. In fact, God himself could never notice, … [Read more...]

“Year Zero” / A Memorable Fancy #147

From unremembered ages ago, we have counted our years in decreasing numbers. No one knows what the first year-number was, or why that number was chosen. Legend has it that long ago, sometime in the Hyeh-Hyah dynasty, an emperor’s blind son devised our calendar. No one believes this legend, but somehow the work was done: that year was given a number. We have been counting our years downwards ever since. I am writing this on December 31 of the year one. Tomorrow, it will be year zero. There has … [Read more...]

“Da Capo” / A Memorable Fancy #137

[“...what a world would be like without recurrence, reiteration, repetition.” –Briony Fer] It would be like nothing, because there would be nothing for it to be like. A world without repetition, no déjà to vu. Everything an experiment, a launch into the blue. There would be nothing to learn from, nothing to learn. You would never learn. Every morning wake up surprised, curious, confused.   … [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...]