By Douglas Coupland
In the culture of Kurt Vonnegut and J. G. Ballard, Coupland explores the fashionable crises of time, human identification, society, faith, and the afterlife. The booklet asks as many questions because it solutions, and readers will depart the tale with out doubt that we're in a brand new section of lifestyles as a species — and that there's no turning back.
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