It’s quiet here at the galaxy’s core. I don’t suppose the stars would stop moving even if we asked them to. I have considered doing so. Night after night we bathe in ever-moving light, some of it from the sun we abandoned so many birthdays ago surely it must have extinguished by now. If you [...]
The skies give birth to ten thousand suns. And one of them always shines on Brisbane, California.
On my last day in Tokyo, I encountered this extraordinary-looking woman in Shinjuku Station on the Narita Express train platform. Turns out she and her husband were Americans, going home to New York City after 10 days in Japan. I asked her “Is this a punk-rock thing, a cosplay thing, an art thing, or just [...]
Quiet moon, I hate you, hate your brightness. At these times of the year, you won’t let me hide from the evil I know the night normally harbors in the darkness. So, I guess those sons of bitches will see me coming. But on the bright side, I suppose, it will make it easier for [...]
Aren’t things viewed in transparent globes supposed to be upside down? Or maybe the view through them has been right all along, and it is the world that’s inverted. I don’t know. The crystal balls our gypsy mothers gave us have been tuned to a wrong or dead channel for centuries. Our attempts to see [...]
The advance probes had made it very easy to find the ruins on Feltran. The journey had been long, but uneventful. And now that we were there, establishing orbit and the optimal descent were proceeding normally. However, as the pilot lowered our ship ever carefully to the preset landing coordinates on the edge of the [...]
Most of the people are gone now. They left Earth to find more room and better opportunities on Mars, Saturn, and beyond the solar system. Oddly enough, for folks like me who stayed, that means there’s plenty of room now. No jostling for washers at the laundromat anymore, for example. It’s nice. Some days, I [...]
A Swedish friend of mine in Shanghai asked me to write a treatment for a short film he wants to make. This strange, disconnected story is what I came up with. Maybe there is the premise, minus the obvious violence, for a good TV series in here. Who knows? The Giants game was on TV. [...]