This is where they keep all the surveillance cameras
in hipster Greenwich Village.
And how about Harlem? Hardly anybody's watching
on Lexington Avenue.
Boy, Times Square is crawlin' with 'em.
Of course, that was over a year *before* they started
blowing stuff up in NYC, and the people got all paranoid.
Those Linux boys in Norway are prepared for anything;
they've even got it together to send Internet packets
via carrier pigeon.
Forward, into the past!
Forget the Internet pigeons. These Italian guys in Bologna
want to create a peer-to-peer computer network that behaves
like a bed of ants.
Much the same goes for these Belgian computer ant-fans.
All the cool cyber-ant guys hang out at gigs like "Ants 2000: The Second
International Workshop on Ant Algorithms."
But what if the artificially intelligent ants get loose
outside the lab, and decide to wreak utter havoc with these tiny and
unbearably cute steampunk Martian tripods?
Four little purple HG Wells Martians for five bucks? Man,
that's a steal!
What if computer ant-trails get some kind of financial assistance
from some Australian arts council? Then they kinda sit there
on the Internet, doing weird, algorithmic, Shockwave-y things,
with odd clicking sound effects!
Paul Brown does fine art prints, too. No Shockwave here.
That one's kinda nice.
You could paper the guest room in that print and it would subtly
prey on their minds.
Nice J G Ballard empty swimming-pool thing happening here.
The people who read SCHISM MATRIX ought to dig into their
wallets and pay real art-patron money for this kind of, uh, art.
Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him, and read tattered electronic copies of Cheap Truth, at the Bruce Sterling Online Index. He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.