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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Flicker Drive  
  A space ship drive that allows instantaneous travel across the galaxy.  

Hoban presents an interesting basis for travel between the stars.

There's a loud hum and a strong smell like burnt-out wiring; the air shimmers in the purple rain under the lights. Clever Daughter and its reflection aren't there any more. Nothing to see. Only the silence cruising like a shark. That's flicker drive.
From Fremder, by Russell Hoban.
Published by Jonathan Cape in 1996
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One of the characters in the novel puts it this way:

"Being is not a steady state but an occulting one: we are all of us a succession of stillness blurring into motion on the wheel of action, and it is in those spaces of black between the pictures that we find the heart of mystery in which we are never allowed to rest."

I found some additional information about this story in this short review of Fremder.

Thanks to the reader who submitted the quote for this item; thanks also to Chris for the correction.

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