The Breakthrough

It’s a kind of re-incarnation, says the team

Pikovski agrees

Say you want to walk through a wall; quantum theory says it’s possible

Each one of your atoms has a position that could – randomly – turn out to be on the other side of the wall when it interacts

That event’s probability is exceedingly low, and the probability that all of your atoms will do this simultaneously is ridiculously small

But not impossible

Six years ensnarled in a Daedalian wet dream

fifty two thousand five hundred and eighty four hours – five prescribed books

Rehabilitation by rote

The dazzle of a midday sun. Daylight!

Mother and sister rush to me, smiles beaming, eyes streaming with tears. We hug while the cab driver snaps pictures on a disposable camera. As we reach the car, a Maze™-worker chases us down and demands the camera. Visitors to Her Majesty’s Maze™ are not permitted to take pictures on Maze™ property. “Security reasons,” she says, pocketing the camera

The moment we start moving, I feel sick

While we slept, our brains replayed the day’s activities. The pattern of brain activity exhibited by us as we explored a new area during the day, repeated, speeded up, while we slept. This was our brains practising the activity – an essential part of our learning. Those of us who missed out on sleep did not learn as well as those who got a good night’s rest. The team hijacked this process to create new memories in us. They targeted our place cells – neurons that fire in response to being in, or thinking about a specific place. This technique is used to alter memories in people who have undergone traumatic events

People with. . . . maladies

The car is travelling below the speed limit but as we hit the brow of the third or fourth hill it feels as though we’re about to take off


In the gun-metal grey, riveted, right-angled Maze™, the word hill is. . . . . . . . it just isn’t

Hill hill hill hill h-i-l-l HILLLLLLLLLLLL!

The taxi driver grunts and shifts his bulk in his seat and I realise that I’ve been saying this out loud. My sister forces a nervous titter and mum joins in. The taxi driver stabs a fat hairy finger at the radio and the car is filled with. . . . . . . Phil Collins?

Long before dice were used for gambling, they were used for divination. Ancient thinkers deemed the gods determined the outcome of a die roll; the apparent randomness resulted from our ingnorance of divine intentions. Humans are born with less than divine abilities, so there must be a sphere of events beyond our control

A perfect universe must contain randomness to allow humans their autonomy

Pikovski agrees

Fire a single photon of light at a half-silvered mirror, and it might pass through or be reflected: quantum rules give us no way to tell beforehand. Give an electron a choice of two slits in a wall to pass through, and it chooses at random. Wait for a single radioactive atom to emit a particle, and you might wait a millisecond or a century

I waited six years to get out of the Maze™

My capacity to remember everything is astounding – a breakthrough – says the team

Pikovski agrees



Ezra Coote is the pinball-brain'd alter ego of Wesley Cooke. They both agree our species is extra terrestrial.