Footnotes by C.C. Finlay

Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August, 2001. 

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  1. Report of the Joint Investigating Committee (Washington DC, 2027) pp. 2-3.

  2. Or possibly on 6 Jan. Destruction of evidence during the cover-up makes verification impossible. See Report, pp. 342-64.

  3. Email from Willem Redmond to Stephanie Werks, 11:07 a.m. PST, 8 Jan 2019, Subj: one more thing. Correspondence is collected in Report, Appendix 2, Supporting Documents.

  4. Werks to Beverly Dohnt (and 79 others), 11:21 a.m. PST, 8 Jan 2019, Subj: Fw: one more thing.

  5. Ibid., 11:45 a.m. PST, 8 Jan 2019, Subj: Oops! :)

  6. The two to three week delay between distribution and the first outbreak of symptoms remains difficult to explain. For a full discussion, see James Skapt, What Really Happened? (London, 2022).

  7. Connor DeSilva, The Evolution of Disaster (St. Louis, 2041). The more famous outbreak in Overbrook, Kansas, on 30 Jan is now regarded as a secondary event.

  8. These effects either duplicated or mimicked the earliest class of nanoneuropharmaceuticals. "Repairing the Brain: A Special Issue," Nanoscience Vol. 28, (2017).

  9. For a technical description, see Madhu Mantri, "Insect hormone failsafes in substituted cyclohexane hinges," in Proceedings of the 26th International Foresight Foundation, 2018.

  10. A core group of scientists continues to dissent because this mechanism has never been reproduced. An alternate distribution paradigm is explained in Heather Malvey, A Conspiracy of Dunces (Carbondale, 2039).

  11. Malvey, pp. 165-82. The Centers for Disease Control continued to pursue the viral hypothesis for another full year.

  12. If this was the case, then preliminary work had already been accomplished. Russell Sinnot, Xi Han, et al, "In vivo evolution of protein enzymes for specific catalytic targets,"Nanoscience Vol. 26, 64-74 (2015).

  13. Hafiz Tuzun, Wade Langer, H. M. de Heer, "Hippocampal deformation by cultured organic processors," Nature, 28 March 2017, pp. 1922-1925.

  14. Other symptoms included configural association failure and foreign accent syndrome, though most of the evidence is highly anecdotal. See Sinclair Roberts, "Beyond anterograde amnesia: assessing the impact," Journal of Brain Research, Vol 46, pp. 264-297 (2024).

  15. More permeable quarantines were created in Amsterdam, New Delhi, Guandong, and other cities.

  16. For an in-depth study of the sterilization techniques, see Juan Morales and Shirley Hadlock, Silicon Valley of Death, (Burlington, 2031) chapters 3-5.

  17. The lack of clear jurisdiction immobilized other governments also, and led to the subsequent sweeping change of power. Evan N. Fier, The Unexpected Revolution: Government Without Borders, 2019-2023 (ieBooks, 2039) pp. 79-121.

  18. Redmond denied this at first. Interview transcript, CNN, Special Report,, 2 Feb 2019, archived.

  19. This analysis is based on Benn-Reich model of multinational decision making. See Sumiko Saito, "The New Pacific Rim Management Culture," Journal of Corporate Anthropology, vol. 3 no. 2 (2011), pp. 223-35.

  20. Wei Ling, Anya Soboskey, et al, "'We Have A Little Problem:' A Case Study in Corporate Indecision," Journal of Corporate Anthropology, vol. 15 no. 1 (2023), pp. 1-37.

  21. Werks, press release, 3 Feb 2019, in Report, Appendix 3. Werks repeated this claim until her death, but the former assistant was never found or questioned.

  22. The hostile takeover had been all but completed the previous month. It seems more probable that the release was intended for the company's Asian and Russian competitors instead. See Morales and Hadlock, pp. 179-81.

  23. Redmond, Werks, and Sundeep Case (U.S. v. Belgium), 2029, International Court of Justice (1 July) (Separate Opinion of Judge Wawn).

  24. Initial figures were high because many of the missing were presumed dead. These numbers were subsequently reduced.

  25. For the short- and long-term mortality estimates, respectively, see Report, pp. 7-16, and Appendix 4; and Stanley Lamb-Stirling, "A Neural Hiroshima: Twenty-Five Years Later,", 11 Jan 2044, archived.

  26. Victor Skilliman, Brain Drain, (Boulder, 2029) pp. 59-83. There are significant gaps in both the Geneva registry and the private non-profit Stop-The-Madness victims' list.

  27. From her poem, "17 More Reasons Why We'll Forget," at Artists Respond, collected by Ella Hynde, the-hynde-site.arts, 2020, archived. This is the complete verse as it appears on the monument in Tsuibo Garden:


                   Because we too saw the overturned chair,
                   the scattered papers, cubicle wall askew.

                   Because we quickly stepped aside, afraid,
                   when they fled, wild strangers to themselves.

                   Trash, floating in the river, on the highway berm;
                   styrofoam-white bones in brown autumn leaves.

                   For some, for some, not even that,
                   a rapture without trumpets, without salvation.

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