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And now the story:
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The thing about the Fermes was it could only change your history and only in your lifetime; no going back and making your grandpapa a billionaire or like that.
Nobody knew how it worked, the most popular consumer item in history. Or “histories” because people were never content changing their autobiographies once, twice, or thirteen or a hundred times. Once the Fermes Typewriter was discovered, people became obsessed with altering and re-altering their histories.
Want to win the 8th grade spelling bee? DONE. Wish you hadn’t had that third shot before you got in the car? That family now lives. Wonder what it’d be like to have asked out the redheaded friend instead of the blonde you married? Type your story this way: I turned to the redhead and said Want to go to a movie Friday? And she’s there, now, sitting across the table from you, and you remember every bit of life with her, from that night on – plus, you remember your other life, with the blonde. Bonus: you’ve lived both. As many as you want!
People could instantly have it all. Or, have had it all. Every road not taken was taken, every decision undecided. We became a world of writers, reinventing our own lives over and again, seeing what could have been become was. It no longer mattered if we lived a life now; what mattered was making sure we remembered as many lives as possible.
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