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the disadvantages of reading science fiction - 1370°C

Jul. 1st, 2005

03:11 pm - the disadvantages of reading science fiction

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as i mentioned earlier, i'm currently reading Kil'n People by David Brin. without giving any of the story away, it's set in a world in which real people can make clay duplicates (dits or golems) of themselves which last 24 hours. at the end of the day, the real person (archetype) can choose whether to absorb the memories of their dits. so people send their dits to do ordinary work-a-day stuff (or anything that might be dangerous). the dits are regulated for the most part, and are colour-coded according to their position/abilities.

what, you ask, is my issue with this? i have a habit of delving into a good story to such an extent that i start to see the world as if i were in the book. so, i've started to think of the teeming masses...the people around me that i see but don't know...in Brin's terms. this morning, i found myself wondering where the construction dits who are renovating the flat accross the hall were, since i didn't hear them. just what i need. something to make me more disconnected from the rest of humanity.