30 Oct 2021 02:15 - 16 Dec 2022 12:22
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    • book by Bruce Sterling
      • Takes place in near future (2045?) world of mostly-collapsed political order
      • Protagonist: Oscar, a slick independent political operative
      • Most of the action involves his soft takeover of a government science lab in East Texas
      • Oscar falls in with Greta, a neurologist who just wants to do science
      • Opposed by a lunatic Huey Long-esque governor of Louisiana (evil biohacking)
      • The boldness of Distraction is that it imagines a collapsing America that still feels livable.