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Source: Idoru, Page: 11

They met in a jungle clearing.

Kelsey had done the vegetation: big bright Roussaeu leaves, cartoon orchids flecked with her idea of tropical colors (which reminded Chia of that mall chain that sold 'organic' cosmetic products in shades utterly unknown to nature). Zona, the only one telepresent who'd ever seen anything like a real jungle, had done the audio, providing birdcalls, invisible but realistically dopplering bugs, and the odd vegetational rustle artfully suggesting not snakes but some shy furry thing, soft-pawed and curious.

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This is the cyberspace that we all know and love so well, but note the language used, tele-presence. Not sitting at a keyboard, typing away into Moove, ActiveWorlds, SecondLife or There, but actually being telepresent within a virtual environment, being there, through jacking in. This is a theme that repeats frequently throughout the book, and indeed, most of cyberpunk.

The concept of a shared creation is also present, as in the jungle scene above, which continues to be described for quite some time beyond that passage. Each participant has been able to add something to the whole, and, as later worlds explored show, can be truly massive in size and scope.

This too, is precisely the direction today's virtual worlds are heading, but Idoru covers them in such breathtaking detail, and logical extension, that you find yourself longing to experience VR as Idoru paints it, instead of the far more primitive VR of today.

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About the Book 'Idoru'
By William Gibson
Produced By Penguin Group

Idoru is a strange novel in many ways. It is a William Gibson cyberpunk novel, set in the dark days of the near future, written by one of the masters of the genre. The book itself is dedicated to a concept that is not quite with us yet, but may well be here in the near future ? cyberpunk apes reality.

Teenager Chia McKenzie loves Rez, one half of a duo band called Lo/Rez. Unfazed that Rez is the same generation as her mother, she lives in the digital world of her sandbenders. Age, gender, history, none of this really matters in the cyber world. Only ability matters.
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