Re: META (Lit. fi. - comments, related questions)

John Blanco-Losada (
Sat, 15 Feb 97 09:54:17 -0500 wrote:

> Hi!, I'm personally most interested in IA (practical and Bleeding edge
>"Nootropics") and Biotech-Hacking, this is my first post to this group I've
>read the archives, didn't see any info. on the following, so here are my
>questions/comments in particular. Any info. help Greatly appreciated!
>(please forgive how poorly it's organized)
> I personally strongly recommend the following hard sci/fi,
>cyberpunk/ribofunk books, my particular questions stem from ideas and
>comments found in some of them generally.
> "Ribofunk" Paul Di Filippo
> "Holy fire" Bruce Sterling - The single best writer i.m.h.o! I
>think this is probably the single most realistic picture of near future
>times that's been written! (Any idea just what the "tincture sets" really,
>practically are?)
> B.T.W his classic "Schismatrix" has been re-published as
>"Schismatrix plus" (includes some additional short stories that fit with
>schismatrix originally published in collection "Crystal express"
> "Globalhead" Bruce Sterling - anyone have comments on the story
>"Our Neural Chernobyl", I'm interested in the idea of Gene-hacking, I'm
>certain it's happening the only question is to what extent? According to
>Sterling in the story (I'm wondering if this is factual, I suspect it is)
> "As early as the 1980's devices such as high-performance liquid
> cell-culture systems, and DNA sequencers were small enough to fit into
>a closet
> or attic. If not bought from junkyards, diverted, or stolen outright,
>they could
> be reconstructed from off-the-shelf parts by any bright and determined
> "Kaleidoscope Century" John Barnes
> "The Killing Star" Charles Pellegrino and George Zebrowski -
>in which (at the end,in a info. section)
>,they write quote:
> "According to the latest laboratory experiments, 1 or 2 simple brain
> proteins seem to determine the efficiency with which nerves fire and
> thoughts are connected." etc.... "brain boosting drugs could become
> available in as few as 5 years"
>Unfortunately they don't give any hard particulars about the research,
>just what
>proteins these are, etc. I'm interested in finding out about this
>research, and
>the proteins involved! Has anyone heard about this could they please forward
>E-mail any (and all) info.?
> Also simmilarly if anyone knows about something called NSC "Natal
>compound"? or something called "Beta-metalethetigine" ?
>Any and all help, on any and all of these subjects greatly appreciated!
>again for your time! :) Sincerely,

Welcome! FYI, the ExI-East list is meant to be used for discussions of
local events, meetings, etc. of Extropians on the East Coast, so let's
move this thread over to the main list (

I've been on a Sterling kick myself of late, too. I finished "Holy Fire"
a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, and was happy to find a hardback
copy of "Heavy Weather" at a Crown Books here in VA for $4. Not as good,
but still interesting. After that I'll probably dig into "Schismatrix

John Blanco-Losada "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - M. Gandhi