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Title Interface
ISBN 0553572407
Author Bury, Stephen
Binding Paperback
Publisher Bantam
Publisher Year 1995
Publisher Location
Condition Very Good
Description 0553572407 A biochip in presidential candidate William Cozzano's brain hardwires him to a computerized polling system that channels the mood of the electorate directly into his brain. Neal Stephenson fans should note (if they don't already know) that Stephen Bury is his pen name. From Publishers Weekly Bury (a pseudonym for Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash , and J. Frederick George) has concocted a clever premise for his complex, entertaining, frequently funny political thriller. Right before the next presidential election, the incumbent proposes to solve the problem of the national debt by simply refusing to pay. This irks a powerful alliance of investors, and they move into action. Illinois Gov. William A. Cozzano suffers a stroke and, as a part of a radical new therapy, has a biochip implanted in his brain. The chip allows Cozzano to make a miraculous recovery--and also gives him access to an instantaneous polling system. He can "sense" the mood of the voters and instantly responds by telling them what they want most to hear. The campaign proceeds as (meticulously) planned, through the debates, primaries and conventions, and Cozzano seems like a sure bet--until he begins to slip out of control. Crammed with throwaway detail on the political process, medical and computer advances, the media and much, much more, Bury's vision of a system ultimately controlled by media handlers is so entertaining that you don't really mind when his plot goes a bit over the top. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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