hmmmm.......you don't say, steampunk? as i recall, there haven't been scenes with men on horses raping women in The Rose. well, no matter, as it appears to be a moot point at this time.
before i depart for cambridge and the scholarly intrigues of chapter 9, i want to mention one more noteworthy passage in 8. as the contact high with Cobalt proceeds, Leonard notes (208) that "The sky was churning heavenward, crystallizing in atomic lattices above us, as secure encoded communications laced the atmosphere from Cambridge to Princeton, to New Haven and Washington, D.C., to Austin and Madison and Los Alamos and Berkeley and Stanford. The great mind of optical fibers hustled revelations, and old children once more recalled the trumpeting heralds of evolution, and stood up to dance again by new fires."
i read this passage while outside, and it reminded me that, a few days prior, i'd been wondering what it might be like if all the rays of the electromagnetic spectrum, which we literally must be engulfed in 24/7, were visible to us. it is pretty much unimaginable. We've created a world where our skin and bodies are under a brand new assault of various radiations, and we really don't have much long term research into the question of....what are radio, t-v, x-rays, microwaves, cells, tablets, laptops, remote controls, and a million other doodads operating with various waves doing to us, if anything? so far, doesn't seem to be a problem. we'll see. but there's a helluva lot of it out there, in here, everywhere....and it's just gonna get thicker. i mean, what if i could have literally SEEN the book i just ordered for my iPad fall out of the sky from a satellite, whoosh into my router, and then race into my tablet. what kind of show would THAT have been? all these 0s and 1s......falling out of the sky. i'm not so jaded that i don't stand back on occasion and allow myself to be impressed with the outrageous CLEVERNESS of our species. damn, we is clever monkeys! and who saw this happening back in 1994?
so for leonard to view the churning sky and the atomic lattices of data proves to be a reminder of an invisible reality that we rarely acknowledge, but the existence of which means that things, on a cellular level and probably others, are much different.