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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Setting & Symbolism

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Calcutechnician ("Calcutec")

A Calcutechnician, or Calcutec, is a person who operates as a sort of biological encryption device. Becoming a Calcutec involves some classified surgical procedures and results in a speculative lifespan of from ten to twenty future years. During the process, the Calcutec's brain is somehow separated into two connected halves. Unencrypted information can be fed into one half of the brain and then transferred to the other half whereupon it can be written down in an encrypted form. Since the unique structure of the Calcutec's brain acts as the encryption key, the encryption is incredibly resistant to cryptographic attack. All Calcutecs are licensed by The System, which rigorously controls their work processes and contacts. The Narrator is a Calcutec.

Laundering, Single-Conversion Trap, Double-Conversion Trap, and Shuffling

Laundering, Single-Conversion Trap, Double-Conversion Trap, and Shuffling are mechanisms used by Calcutecs to encrypt sensitive data. Laundering involves...

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