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On occasion, usually when I run out of new books, I re-read my William Gibson novels. He invented cyberpunk, he midwifed the concept of hackers, he developed the notion of tech-enhanced physiology and the concept of living/existing online. Even the cool sunglasses (and lots more) in the Matrix derive from his work.

I came across this in his novel All Tomorrow’s Parties:

‘Plus there’s your more mature sociopaths; older, more complicated, polypharmic…’ 

‘Say what?’

‘Mix their shit,’ Durius said. ‘Get lateral.’

Which, even if you don’t quite know what he’s saying, has a certain beauty, a deep groove to it that you can just settle into.

I’m a fan.


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