“How do you contain something you can’t record or remember?
How do you fight a war against an enemy with effortless,
perfect camouflage, when you can never even know that you’re
Welcome to the Antimemetics Division.
No, this is not your first day.”
J. J. Abrams has this storytelling device which he uses,
which he calls a “mystery box”.
“Wormholery […] is basically just walking.”
“Quite quickly the developer would arrive at a situation where the
simplest course of action is to produce two implementations. One
would be the genuine software desired by the tester and their tests.
The other would be the software which the developer really wanted to
build. Crucially, the switch in behaviour would be controlled by the
environment. If there’s a test running, the software would behave
like this. If not, it would behave like that.”
“These are first drafts, written at lightning speed, with no
“This is also a classic example of a science fiction invented
thing - in my case, magic - which, when taken all the way to its
logical conclusion, quickly results in phenomena which are too
complicated to be palatably explained to readers or used
meaningfully in storytelling. I have the same problem with many
other things, usually time travel. The writer has a duty to
Science fiction novel / series of blog posts.
I’m at 35% and I like it very much.
I’m in the UK, and a typical “nine to five” office (hah,
bit of an anachronism there) now operates multiple ranges
of times each day.