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Ren Warom

Recognizing a Familiar Future: William Gibson’s Blue Ant Trilogy

Gibson and I got off on the wrong foot.

My first encounter with Gibson was the third book in the Sprawl trilogy, Mona Lisa Overdrive. I was in my teens, and stole it from my sister to read, along with Count Zero. I hated both. Viscerally. They’re only subtly interlinked, so order wasn’t the issue, it was more perhaps that I felt that world was too distant. The internet was foreign to me. I only had a basic computer for writing, and I wouldn’t encounter the internet until much later, and so the whole thing felt unreal. Fantasy instead of SF.

Perils of a lower middle class, low income upbringing, disconnection with the very connection that the rest of the world seemed to be getting into.

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Series: That Was Awesome! Writers on Writing