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"Conspiracy theories are big because they're comforting. Any conspiracy is infinitely less multiplex than the real deal, which is multiplex to the point of being unknowable."
- William Gibson

Subdermal Microchannels  
  A means of personal adornment; think of day glow tattoos.  

June's body is a tracery of lambent lines, like some arcane capillary circuitry in the core of Mao/K'ung Fu-Tzu. Following the current craze, she has had a subdermal pattern of micro-channels implanted. The channels are filled with synthetic luciferase, the biochemical responsible for the glow of fireflies. In the afterglow of their lovemaking, she has set herself alight. Her breasts are whorls of cold fire...
From Stone Lives, by Paul Di Filippo.
Published by Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1985
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Real life is just as sfnal; take a look at Eyeball Tattoos, Blind Haptic Braille Tattoos and even Invisible RFID Ink Tatoos For Cattle (and People?).

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