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Trouble and Her Friends by Melissa Scott
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Feb 27, 12

bookshelves: sci-fi, cyberpunk, own, lgbt
Read from February 26 to 27, 2012 — I own a copy

Pretty decent cyberpunk with mainly LGBT characters and a look at gender and identity on the net. After reading so much supernatural romance and bad teen love triangles lately, some queer sci-fi was a nice break. I was particularly interested by how the characters used "it" as the pronoun for all crackers (basically hackers) whose gender was not known off the nets. Usually, as the book points out, a male gender is assumed. I was reminded of the scene from The Matrix where Neo is surprised to find out that Trinity is a woman.

The story itself is not bad. The story opens with legislature being passed regulating the net (interestingly relevant to current events) causing many crackers to go legitimate. Trouble, one of the two main characters, is one of these. Three years later someone starts cracking on the net using her name and Trouble has to come back to clear her name with some help from her old group. In the end I wasn't exactly sure what the Mayor was trying to accomplish, but everything else felt pretty reasonable. The set-up for the net and cracking wasn't too hard to follow, nothing particularly complicated or overly boring, pretty much your typical cyberpunk net setup.

Overall a decent cyberpunk story with some nice themes on identity and the net.

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