Silicone Souls

Sandwiched in layers of liquid crystal display,

Encased in vats of plastic, We,

Voyaging in data-spheres, plumes of digital play.

 

Mindless,

In the soup of silicone, all

Myth-makers,

Pouring over electro-spawned networks, fall

Workers,

In the buzz of bits and bytes, of megabytes and terabytes, down,

Far from the wood, the brine, the mud that caked us,
In tighter and tighter digitised  projections, click:

‘Like me’, ‘Share me’, ‘Leave your comments.’

Messages smoothed out in polymers,

Beyond reproductions of ourselves, enter,

Deeper, delving in the mire of dream-conscious,

 

Now a waking voice,

Hardened, digitised, recorded in bubbles, in drives, in clouds,

Numb numbers of numbers numb, mirror,

A platform slotted home:

The motherboard!

To record the echo in the hollow of our Being.

 

Ubik

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Review by Ashley Chapman

Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick has that deceptively straightforward prose style that is as once as engaging as it is profound, a rare combination of a voice that is guile-free but coloured with a zany irascible humour.

‘Dick is comfortable with ideas like psy-phenomenon, the parapsychological, telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis and near-death, in his hands, all made so innocuous you begin to feel at ease with the non-living.’

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Cyberpunk Classic Neuromancer Revisted

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Review by Ashley Chapman

 

Neuromancer, the book that introduces us to the concept of the Matrix was, according to its author William Gibson, inspired by watching kids playing video games in arcades.

‘Reading his prose feels like being inside a computer as an electron-spawned visitor travelling along the soldered pathways of circuit boards.’

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Interstellar

Interstellar
Review by Ashley Chapman

Film: Interstellar (2014)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Script: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain and Michael Cain
Released: November, 2014
Production: Syncopy and Lynda Obst Productions
Details: 12A; Sci-Fi; 169 min

Day 1: I actually watched Interstellar twice as, first time round, the Computer Exchange DVD was kinked, developing into a full-blown play challenge as we hit the worm hole sequence. Time literally came to a noisy, slow-time, juddering freeze-frame stop, as I tried to navigate through the wormhole sequence and into the beyond, but had to abort mission…

Day 2: New DVD.

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