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This classic really deserves its accolade as a masterwork.
17 May 2019
I have only just discovered the S.F. Masterworks series and begun to replace some of the books that blew me away when I first read them that have inexplicably disappeared from my shelves over the decades. (The downside of being a hippy was the rather casual attitude to the ownership of stuff in the places where I lived.)
I could remember, back in the early 90's, being enthralled by Cadigan's vision of where technology would go, so approached rereading this with a certain amount of trepidation. (Some of the authors I loved then no longer appeal to me now.)
Thankfully "Synners" did not disappoint. I found it was still a marvellous read and was amazed at how prescient it was. I especially liked how her vision of the future assumed some things were eternal - traffic gridlock, queuing, poor customer service, huge,avaricious corporations to name but a few - which made it easy to overlook the things she did not predict.
This was probably my first encounter with anything that could be called a cyber-punk novel and it impressed me greatly and fortunately still does. If, like me, you read it years ago it is really worth rereading. If you haven't already read it do, , since it really deserves its accolade as a masterpiece.