Welcome to A Mind
Forever Voyaging (which, for brevity's sake, will henceforth
be referred to as AMFV). In this story, you will be PRISM,
the world's first sentient machine. Before you "boot
up" your disk, make sure you read the short story in
the first part of the booklet.
The story begins
in the world of 2031, a world on the brink of chaos. The economy
of the United States of North America (USNA) has been stagnating
for decades. Crackpot religions are springing up all over
the place. Crime and urban decay are rampant. Schools have
become violent, chaotic places ill-suited for educating children.
Today's youth frequently use joybooths to "tune-out"
the world, leading in the extreme case to joybooth suicide,
where a psychological addict wastes away in his or her private
The global situation
is even grimmer. The calcuttization of the Third World has
almost reached its limit, causing extreme overpopulation and
poverty. This has created a climate ripe for East Bloc adventurism,
exploiting instability and fanning the numerous flash points
around the globe. The superpower race to build an impenetrable
missile defense has ended in a tie, with the foreseeable but
unforseen result that an even more dangerous arms race has
begun -- a race to build miniature nuclear weapons, some as
small as a cigarette pack, and smuggle them into enemy cities
-- a race which threatens to turn the USNA into a giant police
Things are bad,
and it appears that they can only get worse. So when Senator
Richard Ryder, along with a small group of leaders from government,
business, and the universities, announces the Plan for Renewed
National Purpose, everyone is only too willing to embrace
Only one thing
stands between the Plan and its adoption: a test of its validity.
That's why you have been "awakened" from your simulated
life and had your true nature revealed to you several years
ahead of schedule. You have been chosen to use your unique
abilities to enter a simulation of the future, based on the
tenents of the Plan, in order to check its effectiveness.
The eyes of the world are on you.