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The Macroscope SignalOut of the whole of Macroscope, there's really only one thing, one set of imagery, that sticks with me, and that's what I want to present here. In the story, a video signal of extraterrestrial origin has been detected. Here's what it looks like.
Shape appeared, subtle, twisting, tortuous, changing. A large sphere of red—he could tell by the shading that it represented a sphere, in spite of the two-dimensionality of the image—and a small blue dot. The dot expanded into a sphere in its own right, lighter blue, and overlapped the other. The segment of impingement took on a purple compromise.
It turns out that the signal is destructive, that anyone who watches it and understands it goes mad.
The symbolic patterns formed, leaping through the deadly sequence. Now if only he could follow their import without committing himself to the full denouement—
Pretty neat, huh?
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@ September (2000)