Short Story (flash fiction) of the day, Last Long Night by Lina Rather

Back home, we’d be treated for space sickness and starlust, our brains scanned and studied for signs that our grey matter had deteriorated in the vacuum. We’d be swaddled in hospitals, kept barefoot and away from the night sky until we stopped dreaming of plumed nebulas and stopped thinking we could hear the music of the spheres in C minor.

—-Lina Rather, Last Long Night

Time Exposure, Night, Downtown Dallas, Ross and Pearl


I’m picking streaming movies out – looking for clickbait web articles like “Ten Netflix Movies You Never Thought of Watching” and carefully copying names, reviews, and synopsis into text files for safekeeping. Then I watch them while I ride my spin bike. Candy and a friend were drinking wine a couple months ago and ordered new big flat-screen TV’s on a whim. When it arrived I took the old big flat screen and mounted it in front of my spin bike – filling my view. It’s a way to watch stuff and still get exercise.

Last night I watched High Life – an odd science fiction movie with Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche directed by Claire Denis.

I’m of mixed feelings about the movie. It is a unique vision – done with a lot of talent. It undoubtedly has amazing moments (Willow growing up, for example) and offers up a lot to think about. Ultimately… I don’t know… worth a watch but not completely satisfying.

Today’s flash fiction is very similar in setting and theme to the movie. Reading it made me think of the movie right away. I think I like the story better… partially for the fact that it has a similar reaction for a much smaller investment (in money and time). It is distilled.

Read it here:

Last Long Night by Lina Rather

from Flash Fiction Online

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C-Beams Glitter In the Dark Near the Tannhäuser Gate

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears…in…rain. Time to die.
—-Roy Batty, Blade Runner

(click to enlarge) Mural, Deep Ellum Dallas, Texas

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Mural, Deep Ellum
Dallas, Texas

Mural, covered by "For Rent" sign Deep Ellum Dallas, Texas

Mural, covered by “For Rent” sign
Deep Ellum
Dallas, Texas

I Destroy Them

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

(click to enlarge) Mural, Deep Ellum Dallas, Texas

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Mural, Deep Ellum
Dallas, Texas

What I learned this week, March 7, 2014

This is not a frame from a science fiction movie

This is Real

This is not a frame from a science fiction movie


5 Ways to Drink in the Great Outdoors



The 17 Greatest Sriracha Hot Sauce Food Recipes

This video explains the current crisis in international relations

How to wake someone up with a laser pointer and a dog.

A New Dallas

Why Everyone Needs to Read Steve Blow’s Pro-Highway Argument

M. Emmet Walsh!

I read in a lot of places – car drivers that are hostile to bicyclists because, “They don’t pay gas taxes, so why should they be allowed on our roads.”

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from the Oregon Bicycle Transportation Alliance