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Idoru av William Gibson
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Idoru (utgåvan 2003)

av William Gibson (Författare)

Serier: Bridge Trilogy (2)

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"The best novel William Gibson has ever written about the world we're entering daily. Neuromancer made Gibson famous; Idoru cements that fame."--The Washington Post Book World 21st 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 an intuitive fisher for patterns of information, the "signature" an individual creates simply by going about the business of living. But Laney knows how to sift for the dangerous bits. Which makes him 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 idoru--the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. Rez has declared that he will marry her. This is the rumor that has brought Chia to Tokyo. True or not, the idoru and the powerful interests surrounding her are enough to put all their lives in danger...… (mer)
Medlem:pjkissman
Titel:Idoru
Författare:William Gibson (Författare)
Info:Berkley Trade (2003), 320 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Idoru av William Gibson

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Plus another half a star. Might have made the full 4 stars if I had not had a week's break just before finishing the book. Found I had lost track of most of the characters - which was a shame as had been really involved up to then. So my fault. Also I nearly cried when the book finished without more involvement with the nano builders.... or did it? I love the open ended writing where neither place nor characters are quite pinned down. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Idoru is the second novel in the Bridge Trilogy, following up Virtual Light's California with a story set in Tokyo. Idoru introduces a new story arc, and new characters, rather than continuing anything from VL. The series arc plays out in the background, especially in the first two books.

Virtual Light's Shapely background story supplemented here with the Lo/Rez story, and with Laney's background at DatAmerica subsidiary SlitScan. The shift is from biological events on society (pandemic) to celebrity events and the power of social media (not termed that). There remains a pronounced emphasis upon the haves / have nots in these societies. Where the Bay Bridge served as setting in VL, and events involved a criminal class striving to intervene in an informal economy, in Idoru the spotlight moves to a formal economy of producers / consumers of "reality TV" (also not termed that). The criminal class bridges both worlds.

Tokyo rebuilding is well underway if incomplete, implying different seismic events from the Little Big One which hit San Francisco. Nanotech construction has been employed in Tokyo, and Gibson's description of Laney's reaction to observing it first-hand suggests this technology is not embraced by the public, whether American or Japanese. The fact that nanotech assemblers are controlled technology (much as fission technology, armaments, and chemical technology are for us) further ratchets up the intrigue and tension.

Gibson's Walled City hacker collaborative and the Zona Rosa virtual gangs are extensions of VL's Republic of Desire and the influence of cyberspace. Idoru is the first of Gibson's books to integrate virtual reality and data macro-signatures, and pattern recognition will predominate his later work.

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synopsis | When Rez declares his intent to marry Rei Toei, a digital celebrity, ripples are felt in corporate pools as much as they are among celebrity watchers. Lo/Rez are known as trendsetters and experimentalists in music and video, but this move leads Rez's own security detail to worry he's been manipulated. Colin Laney is hired away from SlitScan, where his talent for pattern recognition within celebrity datasets may be of use in determining whether Rez is compromised, and by whom. Chia Mackenzie travels from Seattle to Tokyo on behalf of her Chapter of the Lo/Rez Fan Club, seeking to clarify rumours of Rez's intended marriage. Their separate inquiries end up catching the attention of a variety of criminal actors and casting ripples of their own. ( )
  elenchus | Aug 30, 2020 |
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. Turned off the red switch. "Coral," she said. "These are turquoise. The ones that look like ivory are the inside of a kind of nut. Renewable."

"The rest is silver?"

"Aluminum," Chia said. "They melt old cans they dig up on the beach cast it in sand molds. These panels are micarta. That's linen with this resin in it."


Full review ( )
  markflanagan | Jul 13, 2020 |
Laney was given experimental drug as a child which had caused him to be able to see big data sets in a way that reveals nodal points. He is hired by Lo/Rez to try to understand what Rez means by his intention to marry idoru (who has no physical reality). At the same time, Chia is a young teen fan of Lo/Rez who is sent too Tokyo by her fan club and gets caught up in a very convoluted conspiracy.
  JohnLavik | Mar 29, 2020 |
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, virtual reality, reality TV, etc., doesn't guarantee that kind of thinking is going to take you much further. The future is a lot less SF than people think. If you want my prediction (you don’t), we can expect a future that is less technology focused and more experience focused. Experience is ultimately what we look to technology to deliver to us in the first place, and technology is a vital part of delivering to us pleasurable, desirable and vital experiences, but it also has the power to take away our potential to experience as well, and it does so slowly and incrementally in a way that we don't spot, but we can always break out of that cycle. It's hard to break from that cycle as an individual, easier to do it as a group, and easiest still where the cultural hubs and establishment instruments of your country come to understand the need to make such a break, and move to facilitate it, The latter point is the seemingly insurmountable obstacle, because you can't get people to act or vote against what they see to be their best interests, and the strength of human development energy and potential that is driven towards the techno-dystopia predicted by Gibson is vast and all-encompassing, but it can be overcome with the correct approach.

One thing that humans excel at, and for which we require no technological assistance whatsoever (although a modicum of it certainly helps), is creating experiences. There's very little we do better, and very little we enjoy better, than creating experiences for ourselves and one another, than employing our imagination to turn something of low intrinsic value into something of infinite intrinsic value. The best works of literature can be, and indeed some of them were, written by people with nothing but their passion, drive and creativity. Even of those without widely recognised talents and skills, everyone has the capacity at the bare minimum to make themselves and others in their lives happy through their attitudes and relationships with one another. Simple and consistent acts of kindness and care to one another can produce a greater experience than any piece of technology. This is not an anti-tech Luddite argument by any means either.

There are technologies, often placed beyond the reach of the individual, not for economic reasons but for behavioural ones, because of what it would mean for the world if they were to penetrate the mainstream in any meaningful sense. There exist, already today, and more so in the minds of innovators and potential innovators, technologies so brilliant and so powerful, that we practically - and sometimes literally - forbid ourselves from using them because of what the dire implications of doing so recklessly would be. We forbid ourselves these technologies for the same reasons that we forbid ourselves the use of nuclear and chemical weapons, of psychotropic drugs, and in most civilised countries, guns. These are technologies - present and theoretical - which if abused or misused have the potential to make things worse, not better, but if used responsibly and treated with the proportionate degree of care and respect that all dangerous technology deserves, they may be utilised to the great benefit of all. Consider this as a simple, hypothetical example: For somewhere in the region of 1000 Euros, I could construct an entertainment system - of PA speakers and subwoofers, mixing desks for bands and record decks for DJs, capable of meaningfully serving the needs of a thousand people, a thousand times over, for 10 hours at a time. So 0.001 Euros per person or 0.0001 per hour of use. Of course electricity supply has to be factored in, but for a high efficiency 5,000 Watt peak system, after fairly averaging out the real world power levels (average levels), we're not looking at more than 6 kilowatt hours for the event, so about a quid's worth of electric for those 1000 people, for 10 hours. Gibson is great at hypothesizing all this in novel form. ( )
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Gibson's latest future no longer has the shocking power of a decade ago, but it is more cleverly politicised, and as fast, witty and lovingly painted as ever.
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"The best novel William Gibson has ever written about the world we're entering daily. Neuromancer made Gibson famous; Idoru cements that fame."--The Washington Post Book World 21st 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 an intuitive fisher for patterns of information, the "signature" an individual creates simply by going about the business of living. But Laney knows how to sift for the dangerous bits. Which makes him 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 idoru--the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. Rez has declared that he will marry her. This is the rumor that has brought Chia to Tokyo. True or not, the idoru and the powerful interests surrounding her are enough to put all their lives in danger...

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