What a brain. I just started reading The Possibility of an Island, and I had to stop and get a highlighter, so I would not lose track of his trenchant observations on modern culture. AND his thoughts are rather marvelously enclosed inside science fiction novels. What could be better??? PLUS he writes on only page 19 (Daniel 24, 1) about "...hazardous attempts at memory downloading through the intermediary of a data carrier..." which means the writing and reading of books. What a provocative way of thinking about books and culture. Books as data carriers for memory downloading. They are chance-y. There may be a better way. (Of course, photos and films and art and everything else is implied, but I think book-format leads most directly to it being about books.)
The marigold wonders nervously:
Is it really going to turn out like this?