Ken MacLeod. ‘The Entire Immense Superstructure : an Installation’. (Reach for Infinity)

reachAn excellent, quirky piece from MacLeod, slightly out of kilter with the fairly standard narrative structure of most the anthology.

It sets the tone with the opening sentence : ‘Verrall, you’ll recall, spent only six months in Antartica, and shortly after his return had to be talked down from the canopy of Harrods, where he seemed on the point of committing seppuku with what turned out to be a laser pointer’.

The story follows Verrall’s psychiatric treatment, both from his viewpoint, and those who have funded him, and there’s a doozy of a sentence (of paragraph length) describing The Wikipedia of Things, into which Verrall enters to start a journey, the continuation of which I’m looking forward to.

More from ‘Reach for Infinity’ here.

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