Sounds pretty realistic to me!
Speak to us more of these things, you who are wise in the ways of device drivers.
“You have no care for your species. For thousands of years men dreamed of pacts with demons. Only now are such things possible. And what would you be paid with? What would your price be, for aiding this thing to free itself and grow?”
This pretty much sums up my dislike for modern software even though I’m a programmer by profession. As time wears on I’m slowly going back to older technology that can’t be hooked into some data mining scam (and I mean scam, all analytics is a scam until proven otherwise).
I’d read that.
Sounds a lot like Vernor Vinge’s (sadly mostly forgotten) 1981 novella “True Names” – like Gibson, Vinge used the demon metaphor, but a bit more literal – his version of cyberspace wasn’t a geometrical Tron-like world but a virtual simulation of a fantasy world with demons and magic. Yes, it didn’t make a whole lot of logical sense, but it was fun.
So a prototype of Shadowrun’s sculpted systems or babylon 5’s techno mages.
Add’s book to reading list.
I would love to find audio of him talking about it on air. This would have been in the mid to late 90s. Not too long after the book came out. ('95 - probably no later than '97)
Just do not boot up what you cannot cast down and you’ll be fine…
Nothing wrong with that per se; in this context probably a reasonable choice anyway.
Not Vegan, not artisnal and fair trade. Your modern codemonkey will see this as a substandard offering.
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