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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

Jumble-Box  
  A device that jumbles sensory input.  

Mark had stood nearby with a small metal case in his hand, turning something on the face of the unit...

"How do you feel," the large man asked... "You screamed a lot."

"I know. Some were red, but most were blue."

"The screams?"

"Yes. And I could smell them... I tasted the colors too, and the sounds... What do you call the thing that did it."

"For want of a better name, I call it a jumble-box. It smears your sensory input, mixes them. Instant synesthesia."

From Changeling, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace in 1980
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Compare to the twist-box from Wetware (1988) by Rudy Rucker.

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