"Science fiction is the very literature of change. In fact, it is the only such literature we have."
The word can be used as a verb ("I've been pooned") and as a noun ("I hitched a ride with a poon"). This interesting piece of technovelgy occurs during the epic pizza delivery scene in Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson's debut science fiction novel. While Hiro, the protagonist of the novel, is engaged in trying to deliver a pizza that is already twenty minutes late, his vehicle is harpooned by a bonded courier on a skateboard.
Some reviewers call this scene "the greatest pizza delivery scene in world literature." I won't argue that point. The device is described in some detail in several different places in the book; I also liked the stickers that harpooners use when vehicle owners try to shake them loose with various maneuvers.
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