John Sladek
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Tik-Tok - John Sladek


Satire and wordplay, humor and butchery. Came out before American Psycho, but exists in the same space. Consumerism and the superficial rich are lambasted. Should it be revived for LLMs and AI?

I didn't love it, but I didn't dislike it. I found the wordplay clever - the first three words are "As I move" - which is just an "E" past Isaac and his three laws. At times, it feels dated and cartoony, especially the pirates.

Won a Brit SF award, and is on a list of best SF novels - not sure I would agree. Blooming so far has been a bit of a bust.