Posted by: Magda
From the Jurisfiction Travel Book Glossary
in the Jurisfiction section of this website:
Book Operating Systems:
The operating sytem that runs every book from within using a system of ImaginoTransference to project the author's ideas into pictures within the reader's head. The first system used was OralTrad, upgraded ten thousand years later by the rhyming (for easier recall) OralTradPlus. For thousands of years this was the only Story Operating System and is still in use today. The system branched in two about twenty thousand years ago; on one side with CaveDaubPro, (fore-runner of PaintPlusV2.3, GrecianUrnV1.2, SculptMarble V1.4, and the latest, all- encompassing SuperArtisticExpression-5). The other strand, the Picto-Phonetic Storytelling Systems, started with ClayTablet V2.1 and went through several competing systems (WaxTablet, Papyrus, VellumPlus) before merging into the award winning SCROLL, which was upgraded eight times to V3.5 before being swept aside by the all new and clearly superior BOOK V1. Stable, easy to store and transport, compact and with a workable index, BOOK is still the operating system of choice. Current System in use today: V8.3.
Books may look like nothing more than words on a page from the Outland, but they are actually an infinitely complex Imaginotransference technology that interfaces the writer's imagination with the characters and plots so that it will make sense in the reader's mind - odd inky squiggles into pictures and emotions. (see Book operating systems.
A machine used to write books in the sub-basements of The Great Library, the ITRD resembles a large horn (typically eight foot across and made of brass) attached to a polished mahogany mixing board a little like a church organ but with many more stops and levers. As the story is enacted in front of the collecting horn, the actions, dialogue, humour, pathos, etc, are collected, mixed by specially trained imaginators and transmitted as raw data to Text Grand Central where the wordsmiths hammer it into readable storycode. Once done it is beamed direct to the author's pen or typewriter, and from there through a live footnoterphone link back to the ImaginoTransferenceRecordingDevice as plain text. The page is read and if all is well, it is added to the manuscript and the characters move on. The beauty of the system is that the author never suspects a thing - they think they do all the work.