Nearly Roadkill apparently takes place in the not-so-distant future, where Internet users are required to register online and all transmissions can be policed by government agencies. Big brother is watching our hero/heroines (you make the call), Winc and Scratch, as they lead the charge against government intervention in cyberspace. The text is written as a series of online dialogues, much like what you'd see in a chat room. You'll also get a fly-on-the-wall experience reminiscent of Nicholson Baker's Vox as these rebels with a cause take time out to participate in graphic cybersex. But except where the sex thing gets in the way, Nearly Roadkill's intent is to raise questions about gender issues, censorship, and who should have authority over the Internet.
From Library Journal
Winc and Scratch are the Bonnie and Clyde of cyberspace in this imaginative and thought-provoking novel by journalist Sullivan and author Bornstein (Gender Outlaw, LJ 5/15/94). Their novel is set in the near future, when Internet users are required to register online so their transmissions can be monitored by government agencies. So-called "vaders," led by cyberfugitives Winc and Scratch, refuse to bow to government intervention into the electronic frontier and orchestrate a shutdown of Internet nodes throughout the world. Written almost entirely as a series of online discussions and transcripts of messages (complete with E-mail typography), the novel intermingles serious issues of gender identity, censorship, and control of the Internet with lots of hetero- and homosexual cybersex and details of chat rooms devoted to various specialized interests. For large fiction collections.
Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
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