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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Communinet  
  A public data network.i  

Signals… and they filled her with premonition.

Why were lights used to signal across the basin? she asked herself. Why couldn’t they use the communications network?

The answer was obvious: the communinet was certain to be tapped now by agents of the Duke Leto. Light signals could only mean that messages were being sent between his enemies—between Harkonnen agents.

Technovelgy from Dune, by Brian Herbert.
Published by Putnam in 1965
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