- "...the UUP looks set to produce another raft of candidates for election who are very much more of the same... If so, it is a desperate gamble that relies on a lot of the allegedly stay-away voters suddenly realising that the 1950s are the political era they want to live in."
- Achilles and the Tortoise discuss Gini coefficients and New Labour's record
- I'm about a third of the way through it at the moment, enjoying it more than expected, for much the same reasons mentioned here.
A decent enough novel taking the Sixth Doctor and Peri to the phone phreaking and computer hacking culture of mid-80s America, the story told in first person by a transsexual Australian journalist. Ages ago I read Underground: Tales of hacking, madness and obsession on the electronic frontier by Suzette Dreyfus which covers some of the same ground from an Australian perspective, which was really all I knew about it; Orman's novel seems a fair reflection of what happens when aliens appear and semi-accidentally start to hack the human race. (The 'Blue Box' of the title is a hacking tool, not the Tardis.) Interesting characterisation of Peri, less so of the Doctor.