Communion Of Dreams


That’s it. I give up.

I’ve complained a number of times recently about how revelations of spying and other government activity from our reality keep messing up my efforts to depict a growing dystopian society in St. Cybi’s Well.  It’s happened again, and I’m gonna just give up on the effort to try and stay ahead. I swear, it’s like my ideas keep bleeding over into this existence.

What am I talking about? Well, here’s a passage from what I call the “Prelude” to St. Cybi’s Well, which I wrote months ago:

He turned the hand-held on, did a quick check to make sure it had the software and apps he’d asked for. Everything was there. He’d pick up a burner phone later, and swap the SIMM card into the hand-held. He turned off the hand-held, dropped it into a special pocket inside his vest – one which was RF-blocked. He had another such compartment in his satchel. These, like the wallet/holster, were prohibited items and grounds for arrest in the States, but while they would raise an eyebrow in the UK they weren’t technically illegal.

Got it? For the world of St. Cybi’s Well it is *illegal* in the US to own a wallet or have a pocket which is hidden from government surveillance.  For me, this was one way to draw a distinction between that society, and our own.

Well, guess what is in the news today:

There is a truly bizarre case out of Ohio where Norman Gurley, 30, was arrested for having a hidden compartment in his car. However, there were no drugs or guns or anything illegal in the compartment. Indeed, there was nothing illegal in the car or on Gurley. However, just have a hidden compartment in your car can now be charged as a crime in Ohio.

*Sigh*

 

Jim Downey

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I saw the Ohio thing. YOU MIGHT BREAK THE LAW AT SOME POINT.

Scary…

Are you keeping the normal spelling of SIM or does the extra M in SIMM stand for something else?

Comment by The Dread Pirate Muffin

Actually, I just thought it was SIMM. One of those things to catch and correct in revisions – thanks!

Comment by James Downey

Could keep it with the extra M. Changes it enough to be different but not enough that it makes it unrecognizable.

Comment by The Dread Pirate Muffin

Good suggestion!

Comment by James Downey

inSANity!

Comment by Lloyd Matthew Thompson

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