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"The way you write science fiction is: you sit down at your writing machine and you open your mind to the first thought that comes through."
- Frederik Pohl

Direct Interface  
  A form of computer interface that inputs text into a computer by thinking.  

What I like about Varley's work is that you always get the real world view. It's not all clean and beautiful in Varley's universes, but then, it isn't in mine either.

What sort of computer interface do you use? A keyboard? A microphone? A stylus that writes directly on the screen of your computer? Try this one.

Looking around me, I saw that all my colleagues were busy at the same task. Eyes were rolled up, mouths hung open, here and there a finger twitched. It had to be either a day trip from the Catatonic Academy, or the modern press at work.

Okay, so I lied about the open mouths. Not all D.I. Users look like retarded zombies when they interface…

From Steel Beach, by John Varley.
Published by Ace Putnam in 1992
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This novel was written in 1984, when the idea that you could actually have an interface between your brain and a computer was pure science fiction. However, you might want to take a look at research done on the idea of a brain computer interface before you dismiss the idea. If it could be made to work, it would be a tremendous boon to disabled people.

For more on altered states while communicating, see sniggertrance.

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