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The 2003 hard-cover Jodere Group edition discussed by Alan Deniro, as "((FREQUENCIES))" in a "Rain Taxi Review": Rain Taxi Online Edition, Summer 2003 | © Rain Taxi, Inc. 2003 — online as of summer 2021 at link here.[https://www.raintaxi.com/frequencies/]
 
The 2003 hard-cover Jodere Group edition discussed by Alan Deniro, as "((FREQUENCIES))" in a "Rain Taxi Review": Rain Taxi Online Edition, Summer 2003 | © Rain Taxi, Inc. 2003 — online as of summer 2021 at link here.[https://www.raintaxi.com/frequencies/]
  
Deniro holds that ''Frequencies'' isn't "a science fiction novel," but rather "The novel [sic] is essentially creative nonfiction disguised as science fiction, an empowerment narrative in Philip K. Dickian clothing." It is clearly a near-future, high-tech dystopia in the tradition of ''[[Nineteen Eighty-Four]]'', with a cornucopia of more or less SF tropes, such as severely punished freaking out as in ''[[The World Inside]]'', flying cars from [[BLADE RUNNER]], and brain and other bodily implants from cyberpunk,[https://www.clockworks2.org/wiki/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&search=cyberpunk&go=Go] such as ''[[Neuromancer]]'' and its progeny.
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Deniro holds that ''Frequencies'' isn't "a science fiction novel," but rather "The novel [sic] is essentially creative nonfiction disguised as science fiction, an empowerment narrative in Philip K. Dickian clothing." It is clearly a near-future, high-tech dystopia in the tradition of ''[[Nineteen Eighty-Four]]'', with a cornucopia of more or less SF tropes, such as severely punished freaking out as in ''[[The World Inside]]'', flying cars from [[BLADE RUNNER]], and brain and other bodily implants from cyberpunk,[https://www.clockworks2.org/wiki/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&search=cyberpunk&go=Go] such as ''[[Neuromancer]]'' and its progeny — plus high-tech surveillance as in ''[[The Circle (novel)|The Circle]]'' as novel and [[THE CIRCLE|film]] and numerous other works.[https://www.clockworks2.org/wiki/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&search=surveillance&go=Go]
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''Frequencies'' is an incomplete work in itself, but Deniro usefully summarizes that the story as we have it so far (and so far goes up to 2021)[http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?108087]
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has as its premise that "all living creatures...vibrate at a specific frequency which can be measured upon a spectral bandwidth which he called the LIFE—living incorporate frequency emission—spectrum." In the totalitarian Seattle of 2051 they've decided that higher frequencies usually indicate subversive thought; McCready, an agent of a division of the FBI known as the Freemon ("FREquency Emissions MONitor(s)"), investigates and squelches frequency offenders. He becomes embroiled within the inner workings of the Huxton family, founders of the software company Ordosoft™ and Most Important Family in the World. He is assigned to protect daughter Ashley, a free spirit, from strange attacks upon the family, and he begins to open up in her presence. But this character development is itself odd. This future is culturally bankrupt, and the Huxtons are no small part the reason of that. Ashley runs around to "herb cafes" and exclusive clubs and begins to gather vague intimations of a revolution against the frequency hierarchy. It's hard to take this seriously, however, when she ruminates on free choice and politics from a pampered, Tibetan mountaintop estate.
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Dinero finds ''Frequencies'' "worth reading, if for nothing else than to see how the New Age cogniscenti view science fiction [...]"; for users of this Wiki it might be useful to see a number of old motifs, icons, tropes — whatever term — brought together and recycled at the turn of the 20th to 21st centuries.  
  
  

Revision as of 19:04, 20 July 2021

Ortega, Joshua. Frequencies {vt. ((Frequencies))}. Seattle, WA: Omega Point Productions, 1999, 2001. San Diego, CA: Jodere Group, 2003.[1]

The 2003 hard-cover Jodere Group edition discussed by Alan Deniro, as "((FREQUENCIES))" in a "Rain Taxi Review": Rain Taxi Online Edition, Summer 2003 | © Rain Taxi, Inc. 2003 — online as of summer 2021 at link here.[2]

Deniro holds that Frequencies isn't "a science fiction novel," but rather "The novel [sic] is essentially creative nonfiction disguised as science fiction, an empowerment narrative in Philip K. Dickian clothing." It is clearly a near-future, high-tech dystopia in the tradition of Nineteen Eighty-Four, with a cornucopia of more or less SF tropes, such as severely punished freaking out as in The World Inside, flying cars from BLADE RUNNER, and brain and other bodily implants from cyberpunk,[3] such as Neuromancer and its progeny — plus high-tech surveillance as in The Circle as novel and film and numerous other works.[4]

Frequencies is an incomplete work in itself, but Deniro usefully summarizes that the story as we have it so far (and so far goes up to 2021)[5]

has as its premise that "all living creatures...vibrate at a specific frequency which can be measured upon a spectral bandwidth which he called the LIFE—living incorporate frequency emission—spectrum." In the totalitarian Seattle of 2051 they've decided that higher frequencies usually indicate subversive thought; McCready, an agent of a division of the FBI known as the Freemon ("FREquency Emissions MONitor(s)"), investigates and squelches frequency offenders. He becomes embroiled within the inner workings of the Huxton family, founders of the software company Ordosoft™ and Most Important Family in the World. He is assigned to protect daughter Ashley, a free spirit, from strange attacks upon the family, and he begins to open up in her presence. But this character development is itself odd. This future is culturally bankrupt, and the Huxtons are no small part the reason of that. Ashley runs around to "herb cafes" and exclusive clubs and begins to gather vague intimations of a revolution against the frequency hierarchy. It's hard to take this seriously, however, when she ruminates on free choice and politics from a pampered, Tibetan mountaintop estate.

Dinero finds Frequencies "worth reading, if for nothing else than to see how the New Age cogniscenti view science fiction [...]"; for users of this Wiki it might be useful to see a number of old motifs, icons, tropes — whatever term — brought together and recycled at the turn of the 20th to 21st centuries.


RDE, finishing, 20Jul21