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Fragments of a Hologram Rose
Utopia
Dystopia
N/A
Novel
Fragments of a Hologram Rose
First Published
1977
Form Factor
process
Fragments of a Hologram Rose
emotions
memory
Fragments of a Hologram Rose
Linking

This is William Gibson's first published story and is about a simstim technology called 'Apparent Sensory Perception' (ASP). The narrator, whose girlfriend Angela has just left him, finds two of her possessions in his room: a postcard with a hologram rose and an ASP tape. He shreds the postcard into a thousand fragments and watches the tape, which has been erased except for a short sequence of Angela's holiday in Greece. Afterwards, he muses about what it was like before being able to record and play back the full range of sensory perception of another person. He compares people with the fragments of the hologram, since every fragment shows the whole image from a different angle.Apparent Sensory Perception is a technology that records and replays experiences and sensoriums. ASP is mentioned only in Fragments of a Hologram Rose and it seems to be an equivalent to the SimStim of the Sprawl Trilogy.

38%
Reality Factor
120yrs
BCI Forecast
39%
Neuroptimism
23%
Neurafictionality