Atoc, a quiet man clothed in alpaca wool|
eats duck, lives in a hut built of mud-chinked stone,
tells the future while twisting his Quipu knots
from the dreaming. He was once
While his fingers twisted the Qubit knots
Seeing all potentialities, hooking only one
Atoc’s prophecies are only in error 10-30 or less
But the shaman’s body is entranced when they come,
Danny Adams is the co-author, with Philip Jose Farmer, of the short novel The City Beyond Play, forthcoming from PS Publishing. Some of his shorter works have appeared or are forthcoming in Abyss & Apex, Fictitious Force, Lone Star Stories, The Mount Zion Speculative Fiction Review, Mythic, Not One Of Us, Paradox, Star*Line, Strange Horizons, and Weird Tales. He is a college librarian deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where he lives with his wife Laurie and four wicked cats on the edge of a (though not THE, alas) Hundred Acre Wood.
Like most of my work, “Braiding the World Lines” was born because my brain enjoys making weird connections between things that usually have no business being combined—at least not on the surface. I was reading through an article about quantum braiding in a popular science magazine when I got to their diagrams… and went no farther, because their illustrations looked—to me, the fellow who consumes history and anthropology books in a single swallow—exactly like the quipu knots used as a counting and recording system by the Incas. Connection made: the poem spilled out on the page in a matter of minutes. And oh, yes, eventually I did finish reading the article, too.