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Unstable Orbits in the Space of Lies (1992)
Greg Egan
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Contributed by Arturo Magidin, UNAM, Mexico.

"Originally published in Interzone #61, July 1992. Because of an accident, people's values and beliefs, and convictions, became completely permeable to one another. So people start clumping according to values and beliefs. The narrator though is a `strange attractor', never quite clumping but rather navigating a road between opposing limit sets. Lots of talk about attractors and chaos."

This story is most easily found today in the collection "Axiomatic" (see link).

BTW: Check out Egan's Home Page for more information about his fiction, his programming and the mathematics underlying them.

Contributed by Sophie Ambrose

"A cool concept if completely implausible. I found myself empathising anyway. "

Contributed by erendor

Plausible? Maybe not in its literal premise, but the idea that we are tugged back and forth by competing memetic ideologies is pretty self-evident to anyone who has been human for more than ten seconds ;3

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Mathematical Content:
2.75/5 (4 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.5/5 (4 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MediumShort Stories,

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