Idoru (Bridge Trilogy, #2)
2lst century Tokyo, after the millennial quake. Neon rain. Light everywhere blowing under any door you might try to close. Where the New Buildings, the largest in the world, erect themselves unaided, their slow rippling movements like the contractions of a sea-creature. Colin Laney is here... show more
2lst century Tokyo, after the millennial quake. Neon rain. Light everywhere blowing under any door you might try to close. Where the New Buildings, the largest in the world, erect themselves unaided, their slow rippling movements like the contractions of a sea-creature. Colin Laney is here looking for work. He is not, he is careful to point out, a voyeur. He is an intuitive fisher of patterns of information, the "signature" a particular individual creates simply by going about the business of living. But Laney knows how to sift for the interesting (read: dangerous) bits. Which makes him very useful--to certain people. Chia McKenzie is here on a rescue mission. She's fourteen. Her idol is the singer Rez, of the band Lo/Rez. When the Seattle chapter of the Lo/Rez fan club decided that he might be in trouble, in Tokyo, they sent Chia to check it out. Rei Toei is the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. The idoru. And Rez has declared that he will marry her. This is the rumor that brought Chia to Tokyo. But the things that bother Rez are not the things that bother most people. Is something different here, in the very nature of reality? Or is it that something violently New is about to happen? It's possible the idoru is as real as she wants or needs to be--or as real as Rez desires. When Colin Laney looks into her dark eyes, trying hard to think of her as no more than a hologram, he sees things he's never seen before. He sees how she might break a man's heart. And, whatever else may be true, the idoru and the powerful interests surrounding her are enough to put all their lives in danger.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: September 1st 1997
Pages no: 383
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Near Future
Series: Bridge (#2)
I think it's very telling - and promising, that this guy who thinks he can predict an apocalyptic future for Earth where 80% of people are killed has had at least the first part of his dystopian fantasy fall at the first hurdle. Just because you got it right on a few obvious ones - Cyberspace, virtu...
The best thing, perhaps, about William Gibson's Idoru is Chia McKenzie's Sandbenders renewable laptop computer made out of natural objects and smelted aluminum. It's beautiful:"I like your computer," she said. "It looks like it was made by Indians or something."Chia looked down at her Sandbenders. T...
famously William Gibson never went to Japan, and if that worked for [b:Neuromancer|22328|Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)|William Gibson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1285017005s/22328.jpg|909457], where Japan's sleek cyberpunk aesthetic, blue LEDs, mirror-like black skyscrapers leaping into night skys, then...
I enjoyed this one much more than Virtual Light. The adorably naive and unfortunately named Chia Pet McKenzie is sent to Tokyo by the Seattle chapter of the Lo/Rez fan club to find out if singer Rez is really going to marry an idoru, or idol singer, a form of AI. Due to the crapshoot seating arrange...
As good as anything I've read by Gibson. I can't get enough of his vision of the future of cyberspace.