June 21st, 2004


[ Q ] „А ты купи слона“, или искусство продавать воздух

He looked at the kids in front of him and wondered if they’d ever heard of Infiltrators, or if this had become obscure knowledge of his profession. Infiltrators were a probably-mythical subculture that invented subcultures to sell to coolhunters, and then flipped the money into making those subcultures a reality. Then, later, they sold the proof that the subcultures were fakes to the highest bidder. When Doug was coming up in the ’20s, a lot of his colleagues had been burned, worried that every new lead led to a camouflaged tar pit. Just as the industry had gotten used to a level of stability as cultural commentators, a collection of malcontents had put the fear of God into them: their tag, an “i” with a circle around it, appeared everywhere, and made their numbers seem infinite. Doug, with no reputation yet to lose, dismissed it as a covert branding campaign and was brazen and fearless where his colleagues were cautious. Harris had liked his moxy and had promoted him quickly.

Jim Munroe
Everyone In Silico


[ B ] Everyone In Silico

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"Munroe drops in excellent touches — bioterrorists planting seeds, not bombs; home cloning labs — that help make Silico one of the freshest and scariest, yet most hopeful, near-future yarns in a long time." —Time Out New York

"A fresh and amusing take on how technology can be used or misused in a consumption obsessed society . . . Those who value deft, witty SF should be well pleased." — Publishers Weekly

"Young Toronto author Munroe proves no less inventive with his third novel than he did with his others … as he projects a future in which a global virtual reality corporation is winning the p.r. battle against those who prefer to live their lives the old way… The plot dynamics and imaginative leaps are engaging, and the care Munroe takes in examining Frisco as a full-fledged, not unattractive phenomenon also marks this as a story to be taken seriously." — Kirkus Reviews

"Imagine Naomi Klein penning speculative fiction and you're close. Beautifully written, often baffling, at times Munroe's book is downright funny."— Now Magazine

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