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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

Filterable Virus  
  A special virus that is instantly carcinomatous.  

This poison was used with a tongue dart.

The poison, too, was original; it did not curtail heart or respiratory action; in fact it was not a poison but a filterable virus which multiplied in the victim's blood stream, causing death within forty-eight hours. It was carcinomatous, in importation from one of Uranus's moons, and still generally unknown; it had cost him a great deal.
From The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1965
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