Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: Jim Fehlinger (
Date: Tue Mar 13 2001 - 18:59:20 MST

Robin Hanson wrote:
> The idea that we might be living in a simulation has
> been popular lately in film and fiction (e.g., 13th
> Floor, Matrix).

Long, long ago, in the summer of my 11th year, I
whiled away some of my vacation reading the Bantam
paperback of Daniel F. Galouye's _Simulacron-3_ (1964),
which I google was the basis for _The 13th Floor_ (I haven't
seen the movie). The paperback has the following
lurid teaser on the front endpage:

"The brilliant lunar disk shimmered through the car's
plexidome and showed every line and curve of the
beautiful girl seated beside Doug Hall...

Hall switched the car to auto-guide and put his arm
around the girl. They purred softly up a hill, into
unknown countryside. Then, a blast of icy terror tore
at Hall. He hit the braking stud--

The road ended a hundred feet away!

On each side of the strip the very earth itself
dropped off into impenetrable, stygian blackness--

No stars, no moonlight, only the nothingness within
nothingness that might be found behind the darkest

Those were the days :->

Jim F.

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