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Someone is creating a horrifying sci-fi world in Reddit comments

Someone is creating a horrifying sci-fi world in Reddit comments


'Flesh interfaces'

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Sean O'Kane

A lot of weird things happen on Reddit, so it normally wouldn't be all that interesting to hear that someone is posting strange comments. But listen, someone is posting some really strange comments.

A user named _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 joined the site yesterday and started discussing the historical context brought up by various posts. It just so happens that the context they're providing describes some eerie alternate world:

The Soviets designated large portions of the Ukraine countryside as "harvest populations." Basically, their food and water supplies were dosed with LSD until they had achieved what the Soviets called "integration." This meant that the local populations had independently invented flesh interfaces. The Soviet army would then quarantine the area and try to remove the flesh interfaces for their own use. This was usually without success and with great loss of life.

Over the course of 13 comments yesterday, _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 continues to build out a seriously creepy sci-fi universe with comments suggesting that they — or all of us — actually live there. There's heavy discussion of LSD and what sound like fleshy portals that slice people and objects in half and grant entry to some unknown universe where time moves slower. It all sounds pretty horrifying.

I won't give away too many details because there's a lot of fun in following along with this user's comments, starting off bewildered and confused and then slowly coming to understand the strange world being described. _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 is yet to post today, but hopefully they'll continue to deliver new details from their alternate universe.

Creating a narrative through online message boards isn't a brand new concept — it was famously done in the early 2000s by someone claiming to be a time traveler named John Titor. But just because it's been done before doesn't mean it isn't worth reading a new twist on the idea. There's still something remarkably compelling about reading about a bizarre reality in Reddit comments. Maybe they'll turn out to be some marketing scheme, but for now I'm in agreement with programmer Innes McKendrick, who brought these comments to my attention: