By Robert Rankin
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Billy produced a sheet of crumpled paper from his pocket. ‘Read it out back, Billy. ’ And Billy learn it out. ‘Surfing the net? somebody can do this! Why now not attempt anything relatively radical? entry the precious departed by way of body-boarding the Necronet. by no means has it been extra effortless. All you'll want to do is input the Soul Database, via taking a left-hand flip off the internet and You’re there. within the Land Of the digital useless. U comprehend it is smart’ ‘It says all of it, Billy, doesn’t it? The soul database, all these hundreds of thousands of souls, not more heaven, not more hell, yet unending paradise in our on-line world. want fulfilment, delusion fulfilment. The digital useless, satisfied of their digital wonderland. ’ ‘It says greater than that,’ stated Billy. What, the acrostic? I couldn’t face up to it, Billy, it made me snort. ’ ‘The acrostic, convinced. i realized it immediately. learn the 1st letters down and you've got devil wishes YOU. a little bit a giveaway, possibly. ’ ‘Just my little comic story. whatever for the heavy steel fanatics. ’ ‘Tell me, i have to understand. ’ ‘Who i'm? What i'm? Am I a guy? Am I a god? Are you dreaming me or am I dreaming you? ’ You’re now not a god,’ stated Billy. ‘But—’ ‘I will be the satan? devil? The Anti-Christ? good, i would be. but when technology is the hot faith, Billy, then absolutely i'm its god. ’ ‘God,’ I acknowledged. ‘It’s darkish in the following. No probability of a mild, i guess? ’ I felt my means alongside. It used to be black. Black as evening. Black because the grave. Black as dying? demise was once the last word horror, absolutely? The partitions have been delicate, featureless. I had no concept how a ways I’d come or how some distance I needed to cross. How a long way can a guy stroll right into a mountain? probably the cave simply went on and on and on. Like that Möbius strip of a city surrounding the digital clinic. regardless of how some distance you went, you by no means went at any place. was once that an final horror? Worse than loss of life? Or was once it insanity? Or isolation? or simply being misplaced? Or was once it to be powerless? totally powerless. totally with out keep an eye on. whereas anything dreadful occurred. and also you couldn’t do something to prevent it. The elevation of Billy Barnes to the exalted place of global chief was once timed to coincide with the millennial celebrations. the apparent humans of Brent-ford watched it on television. They’d had their celebrations a few years prior to prevent the frenzy, and have been anticipating a interval of peace and love and an evening in with the small screen television. The fireworks and the motor cavalcades, the speeches and the swearing in, the fly-pasts, and the elevating of the one-world flag with its Necrosoft brand, all made for an exhilarating watch. yet no longer that fascinating. The digicam panned over the masses that coated the path of the motor cavalcade. And it was once thousands now, now not hundreds of thousands. The inhabitants of the USA have been virtually halved. As had that of the remainder of the area. no longer in order that of Brentford, even though. The Brent-ford population had little truck with desktops and Necronets. They’d visible all this sort of stuff ahead of, so that they have been simply maintaining their heads down within the desire that it should all blow over and never contain them individually. because it had so usually some time past.