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Blue Box (Doctor Who) by Kate Orman
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California 1981 - The Tardis drops Peri and the Doctor off in the wrong place and in the wrong year. Left stranded, Peri finds herself drawn into the underground world of early phone and computer hacking.
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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. ( )
  nwhyte | Oct 3, 2010 |
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