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  • Everything with form is unreal; if all forms
    are seen as unreal, the fully enlightened one
    will be realized.
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    Diamond Sutra


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    THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE 23 CENT NOVEL:



    Small stories. We tell lots of small stories. We use them the way Impressionist painters used to use dabs of color. Monet's haystacks. Seurat's circus.
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    Up close, it's total chaos, but when you step back, you suddenly see the Sunday picnic by the river, the cathedral at sunset, or whatever. It is the sole purpose of our Twenty-Third Century novel to jiggle your thinking, much the way the aurora borealis jiggles your thinking if you let it, and create a hologram of the known Universe.
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    You ask about plot and form, well, what can I say? We got rid of plots in the early Twenty-First when everyone decided that they wanted to write, produce, and star in their own novels.
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    For the first time in the history of the world, thanks to digital technology, fiction became interactive and participatory. Now, everyone is writing his/her own movie, or what you would call a "novel." "What's your movie?" or "How is your movie coming?" is a common form of salutation with us.
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    Our community, here, may be thought of in its totality as a Twenty Third Century novel, filled up with our movies, our memories, our moments, our musings.
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    Hi. How's your movie coming?
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    Jump in!
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    (Photograph by Alex in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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