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I first read this in March 1998.
In the future, maybe one hundred years, robot technology has
advanced enough to give AIs their own bodies. So San Francisco is
teaming with humans rubbing neck to neck with robots from the earliest
tin-can generations to the new Ultra humanoids. But AIs still don't have
the same rights as humans. They're the new immigrants, used and cast
And meanwhile, a tribe of violent primitives scrounge a living on the
castoffs of society eschewing all technology. However, the tribe's
young shaman Ouija is growing increasingly uncertain about the righteousness of
their ways. He's also beginning to doubt the honesty and sincerity of
his magical guru Louie Zoo.
Carly Nolan was once a young attorney at the start of brilliant
corporate career. But that all went wrong, she was a pawn sacrificed
by malevolent "mainframes", the immensely powerful AIs that run every facet
of the modern world . Now she's on the run, almost living on the street,
her only companions Pr. Spinner, an antique "fembot" and Saint Download,
an even older mechanical, and neither of her companions trust humans.
Now she's about to meet Ouija who hates everything she stands for.
But Carly has one special secret - an "archetype" in her brain, and in
the world of the future web, an archetype is a powerful tool and it may
be just what she needs to swing the odds, if she can only learn to
Ho ho, what a romp through cyberpunk world. Well done, Lisa. I guess I
should read the prequel "Arachne" also. This was great fun. Mason has
created an entertaining world where independent robots and less
privileged humans are exploited mercilessly by the vastly more powerful
Loaded on the 25th June 2001.