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DistractionI just finished reading Bruce Sterling's latest, Distraction, and was completely blown away. This is exactly what science fiction is supposed to be.
Not only that, there were a couple of spots that had me laughing out loud, and that I will now quote for you.
The sight of all that joinery and tubing, complex and gleaming in its tatty plastic straw, filled Oscar with a sudden evil rush of authentic Sartrean nausea.
This was just too perfect. I could see myself there looking at all that stuff and imagine the exact feeling. Or so I thought I just now made the mistake of looking up what Sartre had to say before I had expressed my own feeling in words, and now I don't know if they were the same or not. Anyway, here's a quote from Nausea, via Bartlett's.
Everything is gratuitous, this garden, this city and myself. When you suddenly realize it, it makes you feel sick and everything begins to drift that's nausea.
Returning to Distraction, here's the other one of those spots I mentioned.
With a stern effort of will, Oscar forced himself to consider Kevin's proposal seriously. An army of unemployed nomads, constructing giant, intelligent domes. You know, that's really a compelling image. I really hate to dismiss that idea out of hand. It's so modern and photogenic and nonlinear. There's a lovely carrying-the-war-to-the-enemy momentum there.
There's nothing I can add to this.
@ March (2000)