A cyberpunk future of the book is controlled, less lawless than a mainstream view of counter-comfort suggests. Not moving fast enough to keep ahead of the trackers with un-put-offable scent, genomes, DNA and behavioural profiles, it’s easy to discover a way to stress your better side.
But the dark side must be nurtured. Secreting the tools and outputs of publishing, journals under pillows, printing press and paper concealed in barns and sewers, pockets full of ideas, memory sticks in secret places, passed from hand to hand and self-destructing if you choose not to accept the mission.
Dangerous times for publishing, establishing self-respect and purpose, making opposition worth it, one step at a time, gingerly, with a confident smile.