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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Display-Induced Epileptic Seizure  
  A computer program that flashes a computer display to induce an epileptic seizure in the user.  

Victor Apfel, epileptic, and Lisa Foo, computer hacker, get a little bit too close to Things We Are Not Meant To Know, with a near-tragic result.

We were almost through when her monitor screen began to malfunction. It actually gave off a few hisses and pops, so Lisa stood back from it for a moment, then the screen started to flicker. I stared at it for a while. It seemed to me that there was an image trying to form on the screen. Something three-dimensional. Just as I was starting to get a picture of it I happened to glance at Lisa, and she was looking at me. Her face was flickering. She came to me and put her hands over my eyes.

"Victor, you shouldn't look at that."

"It's okay," I told her. And when I said it, it was, but as soon as I had the words out, I knew that it wasn't. And that is the last thing I remembered for a long time.

From Press Enter, by John Varley.
Published by Davis Publications in 1984
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