SignalBook - 2015
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"Did you ever read Stephen Hawking? A Brief History of time? ... I'm probably going to mangle some of this," Claire said, "but the main parts are about time itself. What time actually is. It's a physical thing; it's not just some human construct to measure hours and years. Time is something tangible, like gravity and light. And it's not just like those things---it's tied to those things. People like Einstein and Lorentz worked out the basics a hundred years ago. Things like time dilation -- how the closer you get to the speed of light, the more time slows down for you. That's a nailed-down fact, No one disputes it."
"They can get the answers to questions, if they can think of the questions." "That's a pretty good advantage."
"Hayden, come to bed," xxyz said.
How many times had the tack of humanity been shifted by some one-off event, some unheard-of person? Like Gavrilo Princip. Like Vasil Arkhipov. The future was no different. History was a surprisingly workable medium, before it was written down.
The third shot passed close enough that he felt its heat across his forehead, as if someone had waived a lightbulb two inches from his face.
Two vehicles doing 60 or 70 in opposite directions. The math got uglier by the second.
Caution was like money: More was more.
My father used to say power has a good memory for bad ideas.
"They do seem to come in with their minds already made up," Chatham said. "Made up for them."
"But anyway, yes, everything seemed fine at the beginning."
"Seemed," Dryden Said. Claire nodded, "And then it didn't"
But it wouldn't tell them anything they didn't already know about him: unidentified male, white, average height and build.
Her life had taken on a distinctly hitchhiker kind of feeling lately. Like her future was no more plotted than that of a paper cup in the wind.
You know how things get covered. What passes for journalism now. Send us your tweets, America, tell us what you think happened.
Maybe they thought she looked too soft for the job. That was fine. Their thoughts were their business.
Some people call us a movement, they said, but that's the wrong word. We're something purer than that. We're an idea --
There was a big dustup in the scientific community, all over the world. There was an experiment that seemed to suggest neutrinos can travel faster than light. ... Neutrinos barely interact with most other matter; they're emitted by the sun, and the ones that hit the earth usually pass through it without striking so much as an atom.
He said he felt like he was in that Steinbeck book, The Pearl.
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