Author Archives: Dave Pollard

Letter of Termination

image from Fill at Pixabay CC0 Dear Powers That Be Consortium: This is to inform you that the services your organizations have been providing to us, as our agents, no longer meet our needs, and we are terminating our agreement (the Industrial … Continue reading

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Improv

my life is a play and my role, apparently is as part of an musical octet which sings three songs as interludes in a vast improv performance, and after each, acts out a short improv scene of our own, a … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter — December 2017

New Yorker cover by R Kikuo Johnson A dark time for me, finding myself absurdly triggered by completely ordinary events, and aware of the impossibility of letting go of my anxious, fear-driven, hypersensitive, reactive, stress-riddled self. Meanwhile, day to day events … Continue reading

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Senseless Behaviour

If you don’t like hopeless messages it might be best to skip this post. Cartoon by David Sipress from The New Yorker When you put too many rats together in a confined space in conditions of scarcity for a prolonged period, you get … Continue reading

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Calling the Cage Freedom

This is the second of a series of three new short stories. Image below from wikimedia, CC-SA 3.0. “I never want to have a job,” Sevi lamented, walking into the kitchen while staring at her tablet screen and almost bumping … Continue reading

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The Project

This is the first of three short stories featuring two new characters. The others in the series should be coming up later this month. Image below from skeeze at the wonderful pixabay CC0. “Daddy… I need to ask you about something. … Continue reading

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A Future Without “Us”

This is a modestly revamped version of a thought experiment I wrote five years ago entitled Several Short Sentences About Earth’s Distant Future. At the time it provoked a lot of interesting and mostly positive comments, so I thought I would … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Self-Management

If you are a student of complexity theory, and of philosophy, you can quickly arrive at a place of great cognitive dissonance: On the one hand, our culture is driving us, for quite compelling reasons, to take actions that make … Continue reading

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Interlude

I wander out onto the small balcony, seeking a quiet place to get away from the earnest people gathered inside, people trying to make a hopeless situation better. It is more than I can bear tonight. You, a stranger to … Continue reading

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Rune

So I decided to look closer, to see if I could see the true wonder of everything that is. I bundled up against the rain and chill, set up my tent in the back yard, positioned so that out its … Continue reading

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