Mind Games pt ' Nine, Sir, Teen, Sir!'Mind Games pt Nine, Sir, Teen, Sir!
"Tenser said the tensor. Tenser said the tensor..." the tactless saboteur was being hustled discreetly out through the back doors... "Tension, apprehension and dissension have begun..." And then the unexpected happened; like, whenever didn't it? I heard a slurred counting, As if from the theatre projection booth, 'rrra wun, doo, three four.., like the lead in to 'Tax Man' but then George Harrison's guitar intro to Sgt Pepper's was played into the hall a split second later at deafening volume!
As soon as the surprisingly youthful looking spectators had settled back to let the evening roll my ear worm was forgotten and I listened to the music along with everyone else. Most of them thought this was THE 'wind up' signal and not just A wind up. They were clapping to the beat and after a bit the clapping merged into continuous cataract of sound as the entire place erupted once more with wildly appreciative applause. Dr Markram was almost literally cheered
The Mind Games 15, 'Wuggah is a wuff, wuff, game.'Mind Games pt 15 "Wuggah is a wuff, wuff game!"
The first thing Quaternity did was give Dr Mentz a venomous look for getting her VR name wrong. As I remember it from 'this morning', she was only 'Trinity' for any of us while I was 'in' the Gleissner, whether real or simulated; and the Gleissner was still standing at the end of the bench behind her, so I couldn't be in it right now.... could I? She was wearing a head set and clothes that came from some kind of vintage costume store like Beyond Retro in what used to be London's old Aldgate garment industry district in the East End. She brushed impatiently upwards at her head set without actually taking it off and opened her hands outwards from her wrists, palms facing upwards, looking towards Dr. Mentz. He seemed to understand this gesture and said "Oh, right.... Trank! Back to VR, quick!"
Confused? Look around. I remembered that instruction from the March Hare Mission and obeyed it, or tried to. From left to right behind the demo
Mind Games pt 14 '...but you're HERE!'Mind Games pt 14 ".... but you're HERE!"
I felt a strong hand grip my right upper arm.
"Don't crouch down there on the floor like a camel! Stand to attention, man!". It was Dr Young, but he sounded exactly like Colonel Ross, "You're the guest of honour here. This is all about YOU. Brace up, lad. we're going to have to walk down there, calmly as you like, and join them in a minute..." he continued in his own countrified, sporting gentleman's accent.
".....mmmmmnnnnn Not going to...", I forced myself to say through gritted teeth, even as Henry Markram was introducing me; "... here, really present in our VR copy of this theatre, so real that he doesn't even have to wear a head set himself, is the Man himself, Martin Ronald Carter. At $6,000,000,000 the price is right! ... please, as they say on your TV show, come on down. No one will hurt you. One of your technical support team is operating your extension remotely, just for this demonstration; that's why it's wearing a head