"Real science opens windows for us to look through. We're right at the footsteps of the most interesting scientists around."
William Gibson, the godfather of cyberpunk, dishes out some good work in Idoru. The descriptions of cyberspace are not just artful; they advance the plot by providing oblique details about characters and, invariably, exude a subtle ennui that is characteristic of Gibson's work.
You read a long way into this paragraph before you get any hint of unreality, which further heightens the effect.
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