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Solid State Paperback – August 1, 2017
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I really have no idea what it is about, if it is actually “about” anything – some stories are just stories. However, there is enough stuff to make you try and connect up what is going on in order to try and comprehend whether there is a chronological narrative, or whether it is showing you stuff going on in the real world and/or in a VR, or all three; though it might be a collection of memories, all of which might be held in a VR.
It might also be a visual interpretation of a ‘concept’ album.
As they used to say back when I was young – “it might be art but can you dance to it?”
On the off-chance that it is a real story, we see a rather dystopian utopia – I did think of putting the binary number for 1984 as the title, but thought better of it (and couldn’t be bothered to work it out), with some flashbacks to the main character’s earlier life as a programmer for a technocrat who is up to something that the main character doesn’t approve of, and who ends up hatching an AI, after which all existential meaning is lost to us.
Greg Egan wrote entire novels about this problem which were more accessible and made more sense.
The art is excellent, in a sort of underground-cartoony way if you have an American visual reference, and in a European-album way if you have a European visual reference. And if you are British, you will see the best of both styles.
Not sure about this as you may have gathered. I like my plots to be a bit more straight-forward and easier to follow – maybe I'm a bit thick for this one. Might be worth a shot for devoted comic readers.