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Topic: "Anonymous" = "Selectors"

From: Eric Chard
Location: Seattle
Date: 03/03/2011

Hi Mr. Bear:

"Queen of Angels" had its "Selectors": we have "Anonymous", who have responded to allegations and provocation from the heinous and vile Westboro Baptist 'Church' by taking down the WBC's websites.


Unaccountable power: it's not just for governments and corporations any more.


From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/03/2011

I recall pointing this out almost twenty-seven years ago in a piece I called "Nineteen Eighty-Fortran," which name dates itself twice over! Even fleas have fleas, no?


From: typhon
Date: 04/06/2011

Of course, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling were also writing about such things. Prophets, or at least insightful, all.

The example is particularly reminding me of Slant. Good times.


From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/09/2011

I think two of the real pioneer authors in what would later become "cyberpunk" or AI fiction were John Brunner ("Shockwave Rider") and John Varley ("Overdrawn at the Memory Bsnk," and many more.) Varley in particular laid down many of the parameters of what Mr. Gibson would brilliantly call "cyberspace." Varley strongly influenced me, and SLANT. I was exploring similar themes in stories I published around the same time, including "The Venging", STRENGTH OF STONES, and HARDFOUGHT. It was an amazing decade!

But let's go all the way back to Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke, Ray for "The Veldt" and Sir Arthur for THE CITY AND THE STARS, which begins in a 3-D virtual computer game world... And then went on to (informally) help inspire FORBIDDEN PLANET.


From: typhon
Date: 04/14/2011

On that note, around the same time didn't Poul Anderson write a story about a man who used a VR device (that induced a dream-like state) to explore different kinds of realities to be more fit to be ruler or something?


From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/10/2011

I'll have to research this one. Any clues, readers?

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