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Monday, October 18, 2004

  Some political Science Fiction in an era of Sci-Fi made real

I just finished reading Bruce Sterling's book: "Distraction". It's the story of how a political consultant manages his post election life in a world of infowar and genetic engineering. Although Sterling places his story in 2044, much of what he describes could be happening now, or as early as our next election, if we have one.

... And for those concerned with the idea of Bush wearing some sort of radio receiver in the last debate let me recomend Stephen Bury's novel about a technology that ties a politician directly to the whims of the electorate, "Interface".

Distraction is a bit of a muddle, while laden with good ideas, Sterling's super-intelligent lead characters are hard to believe in, or like. Bury's book, on the other hand, is a delight - how he breaks up American demographics breaks me up every time!
 
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