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Abglanz  
  A mask that hides identity.  

Lawrence concentrated his attention instead on the woman across the table, wiping her chopsticks with a wedge of lime. The color-swarm of the abglanz identity shield masking her face shifted and wavered.

Like something underwater …

Lawrence dug his nails into his palm. “I’m sorry—does that thing have another setting?” The woman made an adjustment. The abglanz settled to a bland construct of a female face. Lawrence could make out the faint outline of her real face, drifting below the surface. Drifting …

“I don’t usually use this setting.” The oscillations of the abglanz flattened the woman’s inflection. “The faces are uncanny. Most people prefer the blur.” She brought her chopsticks to her mouth. The noodles sank into the glitchy surface of the digital mask’s lips. Inside was the shadow of another set of lips and teeth.

From The Mountain in the Sea, by Ray Naylor.
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2022
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Compare to the optical effects suit from A Plague of Demons (1965) by Keith Laumer, the better-known scramble suit from A Scanner Darkly (1977) by Philip K. Dick and mimetic polycarbon suit from Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson.

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