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I first read this in December 1996.
Ajay's sister has been raped, mutilated and left for dead. He dedicates
his life to rebuilding her, organ by expensive organ. He'll do anything
to get the money.
Snow is a massive artificial intelligence, conscious but insane, commanding
an ancient spacestation. Lost in her own fecudnity, she is playing at
Lost in the space-station is Rosa, a child alone but for her deranged and
"Hotwire" is set in the same world as "Hothead" but some years later.
It's a moving cyberpunk, at times cyber-horror-punk, masterpiece. It is a
story about rite-of-passage and it's a love story, in fact a rather
tough love story, It's got some great lines, for example
"He wasn't built for freedom, but would ever be the gun another fires"
And look at the nanotech ("techniq"): the military spaceplane that proudly
announces to its new pilot that it has flown two hundred and forty
million missions. It's been abandoned, unused, for so long it no longer
distinguishes between reality and its own internal simulations.
So what's it got? Superb nanotech and bioware, wild genetic engineering
and cloning, artificial intelligence, and sex. Quite a lot of sex and
occassionaly rather unusual sex.
Loaded on the 19th May 2001.