Someone on a forum I frequent once posted an excerpt from what I presume was a book, I don't remember whether they ever quoted the title, but if they did, it's long passed from my memory. I was hoping the folks here could help me work out what it was, as the short passage was atmospheric enough for me to want to read it. I think it had perhaps a sort of cyberpunk vibe.

It sounded like an introduction, either at the start of the book or at the start of a chapter. It describes a man, probably the/a protagonist walking in the rain, thinking to himself before noting that the cadence of the raindrops on his back form a pattern - which he recognises as Morse code.

I'm afraid that's all I remember - it was a short excerpt.

  • Hi; I've edited your title to be more descriptive which may help it attract more answers. It may be a short excerpt but it's a very striking image.
    – user8719
    Dec 9, 2013 at 21:27
  • Vague memory of a story where the main character was in some type of AR/fugue state/dream/coma but didn't know it. Things in his environment start trying to communicate with him. Turns out to be his friends/doctors/coworkers/experimenters trying to talk to him, but the rules of the whatever-it-is integrate the message into the illusion. Sound familiar? Dec 10, 2013 at 0:28
  • @ImaginaryEvents not sure, but sounds quite likely. There wasn't a lot of detail in the part that I remember
    – Tom W
    Dec 10, 2013 at 12:59
  • When did you encounter this excerpt? What is your best guess when the story was written? Was the forum where you read the piece specialized, such as a gaming forum? Dec 10, 2013 at 16:51

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I've found the following:

"The raindrops beat gently against his back for what must have been several minutes before he noticed the strange pattern to them.

Morse Code."

Several quotes indicate that this is from "The Senator" by Keiko Takemori; Page 216 in the sourcebook of "Nobilis: A game of Sovereign Powers"

  • Pretty sure that's it. Awesome - thanks! Typical that it's not in any way mainstream literature, as I originally saw it on the wargaming forum Warseer.com or possibly its predecessor Portent.net (long offline)
    – Tom W
    Feb 1, 2014 at 10:25
  • @Ghryswald. What an excellent fine. Well done!
    – Valorum
    Feb 1, 2014 at 10:27

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