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I first read this well written story--I believe it was a separately published short novel, not a short story--probably 15-20 or more years ago.

This SF novel had the adult heroine (a scientist or researcher of some sort?) build a box made of mysterious cubes or marked, domino like objects--each mysterious object--she slowly discovered--representing and controlling some sort of major element of a sort of Universal Collective Unconscious--composed of the unconscious minds of every single sentient in the Universe--that, when she got in "tune" with each object and manipulated it from within the box she made of them, altered the time line/reality/destiny of species.

If I remember correctly after all these years, another effect of this box she built was that time ran differently inside the box.

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    A lot would have to be misremembered (or maybe I'm just completely forgetting certain elements) for it to be the case, so I'm not officially marking it as a dupe, but some of it shares some similarities with Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer, subject of this other ID question: scifi.stackexchange.com/q/145737/65768 – starpilotsix Jul 12 '17 at 20:07
  • @starpilotsix Yeah, that's the one I was thinking of too. The "Universal Collective Unconscious" fits, the "cubes" fit, not sure about "well written". – user14111 Jul 12 '17 at 20:16
  • Do you recall if there was anything about contact with aliens from Alpha Centauri? – user14111 Jul 12 '17 at 20:16
  • Thanks, but I checked out the summaries of "Factoring Humanity" and it does not appear to be the story I am searching for. – G. Reynolds Jul 12 '17 at 22:41
  • @G.Reynolds In that case, maybe you can sharpen your description by telling us in just what ways it differs from Factoring Humanity. – user14111 Jul 13 '17 at 8:24

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