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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

Agfom Potent-Shot  
  Special film allows user to take a picture of what happens in the next thirty minutes.  

Chuck, in the midst of a divorce, probably shouldn't go to Joan's apt. But he does.

A bright light seared in to being, vanished; Chuck, blinded, peered and then saw, standing in the center of the room with a camera in his hands, a man he recognized. Recognized and disliked.

"Hello, Chuck," Bob Alfson said...

"Get out of this apt," Chuck said.

Moving toward the door, Alfson said, "Glad to. This film I'm using - I'm sure you've run across it at CIA; it's expensive, but helpful." He explained to both Chuck and Joan. "I've just taken an Agfom potent-shot. Does that strike a chord? What I have in this camera is not a record of what you did just now but what will go on here in the next half hour..."

From Clans of the Alphane Moon, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1964
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This film is essentially the opposite of a scenedow, an artifact made of slow glass that shows what has happened in the recent past in a particular location.

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