“It’s quite simple,” said Johnny, spinning a neuroadaptor around one spindly finger. “Someone’s been up in your noggin.”

“What?” I said. “You mean…literally?”

“That’s right. Remember the old Sierra Club motto? ‘Leave No Trace?’ Well, someone’s been leaving traces in your subconscious. Letting things get just a little ajar, and then your mind swoops in and makes them into dreams and waking nightmares.”


“Can’t tell that. Tests might help, but they’re kind of expensive, and not–strictly speaking–legal. Whoever is doing it is good but not great, unless…” Johnny trailed off. “Unless it’s been going on for a while. Even the most skilled jacker leaves a trail eventually. But they’ll be doing it while you sleep.”

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