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The Collector – Short Story

The Collector – Short Story

Picture a street. Picture asphalt glimmering in the noon sun with heat shimmers roiling like hundreds of tiny flags in a light breeze. The sidewalks running parallel to the street are webbed with innumerable cracks, weeds fighting to break through. Now picture the people stepping heel-toe amongst the web-like cracks of the sidewalk. It’s a smattering of the regular roles, though even a modestly busy street such as this one sees different faces playing the parts. To one side, a…

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After the Door Closes – Short Story

After the Door Closes – Short Story

After one door closes, another one always opens up. That phrase makes it sound so easy to waltz on over to the other door and amble on through. Sometimes locks exist, or the alternative door is miles away. Or there are mountains, rivers, and bridges with angry trolls blocking the path. Now that I have you in the right state of mind. Check out the story below. Is it an allegory dressed in fantastical clothes? Perhaps, but then again perhaps…

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Proof of Memory – Short Story

Proof of Memory – Short Story

I think it’s fair to say memory loss sucks. Human beings are a bundle of habits, instincts, selective neuroses,  colorful blemishes, praise-worthy accomplishments, and whispered secrets. And I wonder how much of a person is tied up in hazy high school memories of thumping music and limbs awkwardly letting loose, pinwheeling in time to America’s top 40. I don’t doubt that crossing out certain memories would boost the self-confidence meter a few notches. But I also wonder if it wouldn’t just…

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After The Cryonics – Short Story

After The Cryonics – Short Story

This story is at least in part a reaction to realizing I had never watched the movie Blade Runner, which of course instigated an immediate Amazon order of the source of inspiration for the movie: the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. I read the book in a day, spending a night curled up in bed with a headache throbbing at my temples from reading for so long. It’s always been hard for me to put a book down…

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