A great novel
written by Pat Cadigan
in 1991. Unfortunately, it's now out of print
, but I was able to replace my lost
copy with one visit to a used book store
. It won the Arthur C. Clarke
Synners is a great cyberpunk ride through a future L.A. in which a corporate media giant gains access to direct brain socket technology, and pushes it through before proper testing is done. Evil badness ensues, but so do plenty of exciting plot twists and psychedelic imagery.
A few of the main characters started out as videographers, some producing music videos, but this was a limited and confining medium to work in. The advent of sockets removed these creative limitations, allowing them to totally synthesize images out of the raw materials of their imagination. These folks called themselves "synners".