THEMES / CONCEPTS
- RELIGION: Gridfriend: "God of the
global electronic Grid. The Grid gives TV, the news
-credit, which transslates into food and shelter. Pray to
Gridfriend and the power company's computers lose your
bill..." [p.14] Religion attached to digital
- ORBITAL SOCIETY: The Colony: A six-mile
cylinder floating in space --there's an off-world theme
going on here as well. Not exactly a utopia, but
originally intended as a way out for the less fortunate.
- SPRAWL: The Strip: An area on the
Colony. Much like the Sprawl, in the sense that
semi-legal operations take place here with what some
consider less-than-savoury characters. [p.35] Evidently
every city needs a place like this.
- POST WAR: WWIII: Perhaps it is redundant
to mention this. Shirley maintains that this trilogy is
not post-war but pre-war, but I think his mysterious
statement had a different war in mind (a war against
fascism and government control). Time and again this
theme appears in the genre.