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maze (māz) noun
1. a. An intricate, usually confusing network of interconnecting pathways, as in a garden; a labyrinth. b. A physical situation in which it is easy to get lost: a maze of bureaucratic divisions.
2. A graphic puzzle, the solution of which is an uninterrupted path through an intricate pattern of line segments from a starting point to a goal.
3. Something made up of many confused or conflicting elements; a tangle: a maze of government regulations.
mazed, mazing, mazes
Chiefly Southern U.S..
1. To bewilder or astonish.
2. To stupefy; daze. See Regional Note at POSSUM.
[Middle English mase, confusion, maze, from masen, to confuse, daze, from Old English āmasian, to confound.]
In Shippensburg, Pa., the world's largest maze twists
and turns for two miles.
In Philip K. Dick's _A Maze of Death_, the gnostic quest for self-knowledge leads beyond the paranoid web of the archons into a theological meta-fiction out of Pirandello's _Six Characters in Search of an Author_. The 1970 novel opens with a group of colonists congregating on the lush, leafy planet Delmak-O. When they arrive, their taped instructions are "accidentally" erased. Much of the remaining plot resembles Agatha Christie's _And Then There Were None_, as one by one the colonists are murdered or mysteriously die. It's tough to tell exactly what's happening, since each colonist also sinks deeper and deeper into his or her own subjective reality, becoming increasingly incapable of communicating with the others.
Erik Davis - _Philip K. Dick's
"The third eye had to be re-opened if we were to get out of the maze," Mini said, "but since we no longer remembered taht we had that ajna faculty, the eye of discernment, we could not go about seeking techniques for re-opening it. SOMETHING OUTSIDE HAD TO ENTER, something which we ourselves would be unable to build."
"So we didnt' all fall into the maze," Fat said.
"No," Mini said. "And
those that stayed outside, in other star systems, reported back to
Albemuth that we had done this thing to ourselves... thus VALIS was
constructed to rescue us. This is an irreal world. You
realize that, I'm sure, VALIS made you realize that. We are in a
living maze and not in a world at all."
"And what happens when we get outside the maze?" Kevin said.
"We're freed from space and time," Mini said. "Space and time are the binding, controlling conditions of the maze - its power."
Fat and I glanced at each other. It dovetailed with our own speculations - speculations engineered by VALIS.
"And then we never die?" David asked.
"Correct," Mini said.
- Philip K. Dick - _VALIS_
I thought of a labyrinth of labyrinths, of one
sinuous spreading labyrinth that would encompass the past and the future
and in some way involve the stars. - Jorge