"Science fiction is really sociological studies of the future, things that the writer believes are going to happen by putting two and two together."
While impersonating a minister, computer genius Nickie Haflinger happened to offend a certain Shad Fluckner, an employee of Anti-Trauma, Inc. When Haflinger woke up in the morning to find his power out, he took steps to discover the source of the problem.
For more information, see the article on the term tapeworm, which Brunner is widely regarded as having originated.
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