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Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom

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Published 2019
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This one’s a bit of a hybrid, and all the more interesting as a result: a futuristic device used for complex criminal ends.

The sci-fi aspect concerns Prisms, which are devices to communicate with one of one’s paraselves, from a different branch of many worlds. It’s like a shared notepad from a point of divergence, but with limited pages. When it’s used up, there’s no way to reconnect.

Minor scams include a grey market for second-hand Prisms, dubious data brokers, and insurance adverts targettin
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Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story is based on the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and the implications of that if it were practically feasible to interact with branched off worlds. I really liked the execution of the core mechanic and the effort of building a world that's affected by this technology. The story was decent and covered a nice range of scenarios that highlighted the effects of having knowledge of an alternate timeline. Another disappointing ending, but at least the intention was right.
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Ted Chiang is an American speculative fiction writer. His Chinese name is Chiang Feng-nan. He graduated from Brown University with a Computer Science degree. He currently works as a technical writer in the software industry and resides in Bellevue, near Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of the noted Clarion Writers Workshop (1989).

Although not a prolific author, having published only eleven sh
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