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24 December 2007 @ 12:18 pm
Rainbows End, Dennou Coil's end  
I just finished two stories that feature virtual overlays (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality) over reality, and I recommend them both.

Rainbows End is a novel by Vernor Vinge which is available online here (thanks nolly!): http://vrinimi.org/rainbowsend.html The characters and plot really drew me in, and it amused me that this book is available online, given the plot involving the library.

Dennou Coil is a 26-episode anime series from Madhouse, based on the manga of the same name by Mitsuo Iso (original story) and Kuze Mizuki (art). Glasses can be worn that show augmented reality and virtual pets, and are worn by most of the children in town and some adults. I like the characters and plot a lot, and also enjoyed the music by Saitou Tsuneyoshi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denn%C5%8D_Coil

I can see these types of things becoming popular, like a new level of online gaming, or like the Sims. Would you use augmented reality, or would you be "old fashioned" about it? I think I would try to use it sparingly. :)
"D" is for Doridzayde on December 24th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'd be like Bye Bye Reality... it was nice knowing ya!
thomasj on December 25th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
I'm still watching Denno Coil, and I really like it =)
waowao on December 25th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Just wandering in from nowhere, but the show is not based on the manga. Not every show is based on a manga; here the original is just concepts and drawings by Iso which were then adapted into an anime, novel and manga in order of "importance".
ashi: mayuashi on December 25th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Aha, thanks for that. I saw in the Wikipedia article there was a manga, but I guessed wrong about the implications. Did you enjoy the story too?
ashi: charybdisashi on December 25th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Looking through your profile and userpics, I would say you do indeed like Dennou Coil. :) I was introduced to it by an intern from Japan at work. Must remember to send him a note on Mixi thanking him.
Lauralorikitty on December 25th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
vernor vinge is one of my favorite authors. across realtime (both books are good, but the first is best) is one of the most in-depth well-written scifi books I have read. I loved snowcrash, the ice queen (that's the right name right?) and of course scott card, but that book has stuck in my head and really makes me think :)
Hein: displayfub on December 26th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Augmented reality and it's cousin, ubiqutous computing (and I'm sure I spelled that wrong) are really interesting developments. Slowly but surely, we're getting there, and it's exciting to see where that will take us.