Page 127. " Riviera was slender, blond, soft-voiced, his English, accentless and fluid. Molly said he was thirty, but it would have been difficult to guess his age. "
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"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see" ~Edgar Degas

Peter Riviera, a subliminal, is able to create holograms with the force of his mind and projection implants in one of his lungs.

Holograms are 3D free-floating 360 degree visual displays.


Page 129. " he had to walk the length of the ranked phones. Each rang in turn, but only once, as he passed "


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Page 135. " Space adaptation syndrome was worse that Molly's description, but it passed quickly enough and he was able to sleep. "

A weightless environment makes for complications like vertigo, nausea and mild illusions.

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Page 135. " The steward woke him as they were preparing to dock at JAL's terminal cluster. "

A space-based transport dock

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Page 136. " the irregular, discolored plates laser scrawled with Rastafarian symbols "

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The Rastafari movement is called a 'a way of life', not a religion. Rastafarianism is rooted in the principle of black self-reliance and self-empowerment combined with a pro-Africa consciousness.

Rastafarians believe that Ras Tafari, Haile Selassie (1892-1975), Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-1974), was a reincarnation of the Messiah and that Ethiopia is the Promised Land. 





Page 137. " It was called dub, a sensuous mosaic cooked from vast libraries of digitalized pop; it was worship, Molly said, and a sense of community. "

Transformative use of cannabis is advocated by the Rastafari movement.


Page 143. " Desiderata Street here "


"With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world."

Desiderata is a prose poem by Max Ehrmann, written in 1927 and recorded in a chart-topping version by Les Crane in 1971.

Page 146. " in Babylon Rocker "
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The Rastafari movement rejects 'Babylon', a metaphor for contemporary western society and a New Testament city of ruin and evil.

Rastafari embrace 'Zion' or Africa as the place of unity and freedom - the home of all mankind.



Page 147. " The tug Marcus Garvey "
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Jamaican Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) was a leader for black self-determinism and the Pan-Africanist movement, and a supporter of the black liberation movement worldwide. 

He set up the Black Star shipping line and sought to persuade people of African descent to return to Africa. 

Rastafarians drew inspiration from him as Garvey prophesied that a guiding black king would be crowned in Africa.