By Samuel R. Delany
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is a technological know-how fiction masterpiece, an essay at the inexplicability of sexual recognition, and an exam of interstellar politics between far-flung worlds. First released in 1984, the novel's relevant issues--technology, globalization, gender, sexuality, and multiculturalism--have purely develop into extra urgent with the passage of time.
The novel's subject is info itself: What are the repercussions, as soon as it's been made public, that participants were stumbled on to be every one other's ideal erotic item out to "point nine-nine-nine and several other nines percentage more"? what's going to it do to the participants concerned, to town they inhabit, to their geosector, to their complete international society, specifically whilst one is an illiterate employee, the only real survivor of an international destroyed by means of "cultural fugue," and the opposite is--you!
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