Page 158. " EEG flat as a strap "
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Flatline: literally a flat line on the screen of an intensive care monitor machine, indicating no brain or cardiac output.

Page 159. " Welcome to the Rue Jules Verne "

Jules Verne (1868-1905) is often referred to as a 'father of science fiction'.

His literary works include Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Around the World in 80 Days (1873), From the Earth to the Moon (1865).

Verne mixed imaginary adventures with the romance of science.

Page 163. " A five-meter tongue of pale fire, the nest charring, tumbling "
flame thrower
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"Dreams, they feel real while we're in them right? Its only when we wake up then we realize that something was actually strange." Cobb, Inception 2010

Page 164. " He saw the thing the shell of gray paper had concealed "
yellow paper wasp
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Wasps interacting in the hive form more complex behaviors as a collective than as individuals.



Page 164. " He woke with the impression of light fading, but the room was dark. Afterimages, retinal flares. "
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This threshold consciousness may induce afterimages or hallucinations or other sensory experiences known as the Tetris effect.