Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Amnesiac Magic


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements.
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I have been having some creepy dreams lately. They're weird, which is normal, but they also kind of give me the willies. 

So, I thought I'd share...

What if you ran across a town where clearly things have been meddled with magically, but no one in the town could recall anything being different? (You really don't want to know what it was that was different in my dream, so I'll be non-specific. Trust me, you don't want those nightmares.)

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  1. You know what's coming, so brace for it: I know I've seen this plot before, either in SF novels or horror movies. It would be a true living nightmare. Perhaps you could write a short story based on those nightmares. Would it help you get rid of them?

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    1. I was sure you were going to say which story or author you saw this with. I know I've seen the plot before, too. And no, I don't write horror, and this dream was horror. (When I awoke, I realized it was my brain's reaction to seeing people in masks all the time--why else did they have no mouths--and the ick factor dissipated soon enough.)

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  2. Meddling is never a good thing in any science fiction or fantasy story. I’d be terrified.

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    1. Yeah, it's hard to convince people that things weren't always the way they thought they were.

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  3. Knowledge is the treasure. It is not enough that the town be right but then what if my judgement be wrong? Then I must confess perhaps wit is the solution to jog the townsfolks memories.

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  4. Well, i would just watch and not try to convince the townsfolk otherwise( which you may have done in your nightmare).

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    1. I... I don't remember what I did in my nightmare. I attempted to talk to them, but it was kind of hard (see earlier comment), and then convincing them they used to have mouths... It was just way creepy.

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  5. I would try to blend in.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  6. It would be like being the last real man in Invasion of the Body Snatchers! I'm thinking of the oldest one in S.F. And until right now I thought it was with James Franciscus, but it wasn't! No one would listen to me, they'd think I was the crazy one. Then, I'd start to doubt myself, and wonder if it was somewhere else I thought I was.

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  7. I wouldn't want to not be able to remember. If I know what is happening then I'm good.

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    1. I don't know. Sometimes it's worse to be the one that remembers when no one else does.

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  8. I believe that always we can find some solution also for this situation. It is important not to panic but focus on solution.

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  9. It seems as if you have the basis for an excellent dystrophia novel!

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