A book by Jeff Noon
set in his Vurt
universe. Like Automated Alice
, it is set somewhat before Pollen
. Stylistically, it is a bit more like Pollen
in that it lacks that kind of intense
feeling behind it. On a purely technical level, it is perhaps Noon's
most advanced book.
Set in the late 90's, it details the attempts of a band of math students to prevent an evil corporation's lottery-like gambling game (which, amusingly, takes the form of dominoes) from wreaking havok. The corporation's game reminded me a bit of the Borges
short story "The Lottery in Babylon
The book contains some amusing references and explanations relevant to the rest of the Vurt
world, including the genesis of Vaz
, and some other stuff.