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Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Sun Dogs for Today

Handcrafted for your delight. Yes, ice fairies launched themselves into the sky to make them. You can see their trails crisscrossing below the sun! What? You don’t think those are ice fairy tracks? Well, believe what you want, atheist.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

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I walked out of a Food Lion Store (it was many years ago) and the guy parked next to me was standing beside his car staring up in the sky. After I loaded my groceries I noticed he was still staring and also snapping some pictures.
With a sigh, and knowing the outcome would be bad, I asked the guy what the deal was. He then proceeded to tell me that he was looking at the contrails in the sky (the lines left by planes) because he had never seen such an obvious pattern like it before. He continued to explain that this was a secret government program ran by the CIA that conducted various experiments on us citizens. He even had brochures readily available. At this point, I nodded my head, smiled and slowly entered my car. As I left I noticed in the rear view mirror he was still taking pictures and staring at the sky.

I once saw an atmospheric phenomenon that wasn’t so much a sun dog (not ice crystals) as a seeming second sun (cloud refraction.) I also once got to see a circumzenital arc—just a swath of rainbow straight up in the sky. Still don’t know what prompted me to look up.

Xopher: *groan*!

Scalzi: Hey now, just because I’m an atheist doesn’t mean I can’t believe in ice fairies! Hell, sometimes I think it makes more sense than the biblical “god” whom I’m either supposed to unconditionally love, or unconditionally fear, depending on whose version I’m supposed to take seriously.

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