Science Fiction Book Club Live Without A Net Edited by Lou Anders Buy book: $10.02 Lou Anders, is a cutting-edge science fiction anthology that imagines a world without an internet, featuring award-winning authors.
Perhaps it's because of my insulin pump... but more likely it's because of my cochlear implant that SF "cyberfiction" books like this one really hit close to home for me.
Imagine this: I can take a CD player, TV, computer, or *anything* with an "audio out" jack and plug it directly into my head. No headphones needed; direct nerve stimulation.
Should this technology be scaring us? I mean, what's next?
At the same time, however, technology like this has literally given me my life back after I lost my hearing almost 3 years ago. I couldn't even communicate with my dad (because he refused to learn Sign Language with me and mom).
So what would happen if cybertech wasn't around? I'm not even sure I want to know...
I too feel closeness to cyber fiction, although my reasons are more external and less tangible.
I find it refreshing that a book like this takes on a different approach from the matrix-like future most new authors try to portray.
It reminded me of another book called "The Difference Engine". The general plot is an alternate history of the industrial revolution where Charles Babbage builds a working version of his difference engine and the computer age comes before the 20th century. The book has some rather boring parts but the idea was very interesting.