Right in the ectoplasmic reticulum

Neil Kramer has temporarily turned the Citizen of the Month blog to the cause of flash fiction, shorter-than-short stories, in this case taking place in the city of New York, a place once said to have eight million stories.

Number twenty-two begins with a mind-bender:

If you want proof of the existence of ghosts, just look at logic. A person is more complex than a brick, but a building can last for thousands of years. This means that a human being, based on his innate superiority, must exist longer than a brick. And since we all know that death occurs for people, the only reasonable explanation is that the “person” or “entity” continues to live on as a ghost — at least for longer than the lifespan of a brick.

This may be the most salient thing said of bricks in fiction since Douglas Adams: “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”


  1. Smarty Pants »

    6 July 2014 · 8:35 pm

    fatal flaw: ” innate superiority”

  2. CGHill »

    6 July 2014 · 8:51 pm

    This is actually a fairly standard technique in the fantastic realm: everything is perfectly normal except this one thing.

  3. Francis W. Porretto »

    7 July 2014 · 2:54 am

    Wait just a moment: A car is more complex than a brick, isn’t it? So why are we forever replacing our cars — and where do the forlorn souls of the abandoned ones hang out? Auto Zone and Pep Boys stores?

  4. fillyjonk »

    7 July 2014 · 7:05 am


  5. McGehee »

    7 July 2014 · 8:13 am

    Complexity can mean greater longevity, but the most complex atoms have the shortest half-lives — therefore the relationship between complexity and longevity is … complicated. The argument is invalid.

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