Synners by Pat Cadigan
Bantam Specta, New York, 1991
A book read for the Science Fiction Experience and the Women of Genre Fiction Challenge. Also for the TBR Double Dog Dare.
Pure cyberpunk. I discovered William Gibson and Bruce Sterling in the 1980s , not sure how I missed Cadigan.
This is a big book crammed with many characters and many ideas that, except for the lack of wireless and smart phones, does not feel dated. The story takes place in LA, the cast of characters includes virtual reality programmers, corporate flunkies, rogue video makers, hackers and a mysterious internet personality named Dr. Fish. A company called EyeTraxx, known for making popular music videos, has developed a new technology that enables a direct connection between the human brain and the internet, opening up all kinds of commercial possibilities. But then things start to go horribly wrong.
Synners moves from one character to another but they are all connected through work or music of life. Most of the changes are easy to follow, but I found myself skimming through some of the chapters, just because I found them distracting from the main story. It was the relationships between characters that really caught me and carried me through ’til the end.
I am now curious about Cadigan’s other work, particularly something called Tea From an Empty Cup. Anybody read it?