show #315: analog/virtual

show #315

lavanya laksminarayan has written a stunning debut: “analog/virtual” depicts apex city, built on the ruins of bangalore, a city state, tightly controlled with zones for virtuals [the affluent with access to everything] and the analog [the poor, scraping by on the leftovers of tech and everything else].

the book/world has overtones of kafka and vonnegut, it is hilarious and super scary because it is so close to … uhm ..home ?

apex city is a corportocracy, where – if you step out of the hamster wheel at any given time – the worst case scenarios is that your organs may be harvested for good use. makes sense: if you are too lazy to keep up and become a burden on society, we might as well put your spare parts to good use no?

love this book! hope you enjoy the conversation:

more to read and watch below …

  • the live streamed show:
  • post show discussion with the in-world in crowd:
  • a few great pics from reader/book club regular vanderveere and others as posted to our brandnew flickr group
  • lavanya’s place is still on book club island and it won’t be dismantled … ever …
  • the book is divided into chapters and they have these black pages with world-building snippets on them … beautifully designed and helping the immersion into this so familiar universe ….
  • how in this future world [you ask] can people who have strange tastes in art and entertainment, tastes that are incompatible with commodified popular culture be brought back in line? how can those who prefer niche music/movies that challenges the mainstream paradigm, connosieurs of “entartete kunst” if you will, how can they be tamed? fear not: there is a robot for that and he/she/it will pull those nasty preferences right out of your head … through your ear!
  • what else is happening in second life? apparently an amazing role-playing sim is happening …

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the show is supported by fabeeo breen, ragvr, vinyl, masoom, delacruz industries, zero-one heavy industries corporation, aeros avatars, time portal, hextraordinary fine magical goods, bay city you know for kids, botanical, strawberry singh, abranimations, kahruvel design, {what next} and landscapes unlimited.

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