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Not too long after that movie, the one that made you sort of psychotic, yeah, Memento, it started happening to lots of people.

Well, not problems with short-term memory. Problems with long-term memory.

Gaps. Holes. At first they were small, and people joked about them, they'd heard about "Senior Moments." That meme was part of the advance team, to lower resistance. The gaps were programmed to increase slowly, so people would adapt to them, so people wouldn't realize the method to their madnesses.

But the distribution was sloppy around the edges. There were still pockets of people who could not be reached so easily, people who experienced singularities during daylight.

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Then people started waking with both gaps and insertions. The main problem was chasing down all the meta-memories ... the memories of having memories, plus memories of having different memories before ... the storage system was too complex. People figured out that something was happening, and the prepared explanatory memes were released.


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