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There are numerous books on the science fiction market that deal with the myriad of possibilities involving the technology of the future John Brunners book Shockwave Rider is one of the most popular as well as one of the most famous books dealing with this issue Brunner presents many different realities to the reader and they are all potentially very realistic in terms of the current state of technology For the most part Brunner seems to illustrate that technology as it relates to the world wide datanet is a good thing This is not to say that he does not illustrate it as a very negative reality in the world he presents to the reader but he does indicate that the world wide datanet and technology has great potential to make the world a better place for all concerned In Brunners book we have a reality that is incredibly tense and almost plausible today The space that the author deals with is filled with endless bits of information information overload to be more precise corporate domination and it appears just like many science fiction books that deal with the planet earth in the future everything is known about everyone There are no secrets from the system Brunner illustrates this as a reality that is not necessarily very desirable He plants a character Nickie Haflinger onto the scene As with many books we can look at this character and see the author within Haflinger is a prodigy whose talents allow him to switch identities with a simple phone call By the advanced technology and the ingenuity that is completely Haflingers we see that the author is not one to be content with the realities that may be a possibility in the future of technology Brunner clearly illustrates by the previous description of Haflinger that technology and the advances within that
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