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Best of all, apart from the handful of short stories set in the same fictional universe, Sterling never felt the need to cash in on the critical success of Schismatrix with sequels; the end result is a novel that still reads as fresh and powerful to this day, more than a quarter of a century after its initial publication.
Well the answer is yes sometimes and particularly in this book albeit some unknown space drug.
But like the genre of sci-fi itself Dick uses such concepts as vehicles for what I would see as Dicks’ big idea.
So much of science fiction focuses on heavy subject matter without a drip of humor.
Adams wants us to laugh at it all, the pretentiousness and the craziness and never forget our towel.
'He writes about drugs doesn't he' a lecturer annoyingly once said to me.
I was 14 when I first read Neuromancer, one of the first generation to grow up hooked in to the computer-generated realities that Gibson so presciently explores.
For me and for millions of others who live in the modern reality of computers and the internet, William Gibson's imagined future is closer to the truth of now than any work of realist literature.
While not as evidently prescient as Huxley or Orwell, Zamyatin explores a potential extrapolation of the Soviet ideal.
Some may call it a reductio ad absurdum but ultimately it highlights the dangers of the worship of technology, the establishment of systems and rules and progress - while it is full of allusions to the early Soviet state, it has a universal message which is certainly interesting - furthermore, its relatively inconclusive ending evades traditional dystopian SF tropes of the revolution or regime change per se.