7/12/2003 10:17:00 AM
"It's more like Dungeons and Dragons. It's an endless series of closed rooms with dangers on the other side. You don't dare take it a step at a time. You take it a hundredth
of a step at a time. Your questions are like, 'Now this isn't a question, but if it entered my mind to ask
this question--which I'm not about to do--concerning what might happen if I looked at this door here--and I'm not touching it, I'm not even in the next room--what do you suppose you might do?' And the program crunches on that, decides if you fulfilled the conditions for getting a great big cream pie in the face, then either throws it or allow as how it might
just move from step A to step A prime. Then you say, 'Well, maybe I am
looking at that door.' And sometimes the program says 'You looked, you looked, you dirty crook!' And the fireworks start."
(John Varley, "Press Enter")