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Chapter 2 title page
Art by Miguel Soler Montellano, Lettering by Danbee Kim


“Loading Universal Record…“

“Finished loading…‘A Beginner’s Guide to SynTh: Introduction’; Classification: Unclassified.”

“Synaptic Thread, commonly called ‘SynTh’, is spun by the bacterial superorganism Electrophoretic Mycelium Yeast, commonly called ‘thread-worms’. When cultured with lactic acid bacteria, thread worms can decompose the silicon dioxide found in most sand to produce thread-like mycelium structures called ‘Raw SynTh’. As it is being spun, raw SynTh generates spontaneous bursts of electrical activity, inducing its atoms to self-assemble into hyphae-like sections. These sections can then flexibly mimic the behaviours of a classical electronic circuit.”

“The exact nature of this flexibility is described by the SynTh’s ‘grade’, determined by the characteristics of the septum separating its hyphae cells. In ‘higher’ grades of SynTh, the septum are composed of very small hexagons and have a greater density of pores, increasing the flow rate of organelles, nutrients, and ions throughout the hyphae. These grades of ‘flexible SynTh’ or ‘flexi-SynTh’ can be reconfigured almost indefinitely; however, they require frequent feedings to maintain. In cheaper grades of SynTh, called ‘static Synth’, the septum are composed of larger hexagons and have fewer pores, which limits static SynTh’s reconfigurability but also reduces its sand consumption…“

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