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The Voice That Thunders, (1997) collects essays and autobiographical pieces. In one chapter Garner discusses his idea of engrams, which is not connected with scientology's. His example of an engram is
.... distressing experiences.... associated [for instance] with the squashing of a cat on the road. That event will hurt us more than ...[previous instances of such a sight ] because it will be drawing on the hurt of all the cats that are being held in a memory bank in inner time. To continue the previous analogy [the stars in the night sky are actually from different times though they look like one time frame]: the cats are a constellation of pain.
If Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman are to be believed, we want to learn more about Alan Garner.