Yes children, drugs are bad. ‘Wired for speed’ and ‘Living high’ will make you ‘Crash hard.’ Just Say No! Oh, in addition to which it will lead you to residing in the municipal sewer, wearing ridiculously out of date clothes, with bad hair, and looking like David Bowie. But you will smell like poo.
Yes children, doing drugs will not turn your life into a Chemical Brothers video, it will trap you in a bad 80′s Near Future Sewer!
Little kids, run away!!
“Resistance is futile! I’m amped-up after reading Bad Voltage … a powerful novel which is currently sparking comments in the science fiction circuit … I’m shocked they didn’t charge more for this!” — Popular Electronics Magazine
Man: (In heavy London cockney accent) Sorry Miss… you’ve got a case of bad voltage ‘ere…
Women: Bad… voltage… is that a thing?
Man: You bet miss… noww… lets talk about how much it’s going to cost to give ya some good voltage eh!
@RachelJ: It could be set in ‘Tomorrow’s World’, a BBC series from the 60s, and be about a streetwise gum-chewing estate agent from the 80s trapped in a studio with James Burke and Raymond Baxter explaining that books will soon be replaced by personal microfilm readers.
So Graham Bonnet’s got a bandolero and belt of live rounds, a spark-generator on his wrist and a devil-may-care rictus.
And a jump-suit. I think this is tag-worthy. Jump-suits are the all-purpose 80s emblem of ‘the future’ and lead to everyone looking like Peter Powell or Sheena Easton. The surest sign of a ‘Just Say No’ campaign being needed was the band-photo of Toto on the back of the OST of ‘Dune’
I seem to recall sending this comment before. If it’s already posted and not showing, please ignore one or both.
@Bibliomancer—the way to avoid the stress of so much bad voltage, obviously, is simply to go down into a sewer, find a nice, relatively dry spot away from rats and other vermin, tuck oneself into the Lotus position, close the eyes, breathe deeply and intone—”Ohm.”
Current thinking on Ohm’s Law holds that this will conduct you to a better point.
So apparently he wrote this when he was 21, right at the tail end of the cyberpunk rage, no doubt thoroughly impressed by it, trying to squeeze in his own novel before mirrorshades went out of fashion for good.
According to Wikipedia, he considers it a very bad SF novel. Or course, no one who has won the Prix Goncourt would ever admit to having written a good SF novel, so that’s okay.
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