THE SCIENCE FICTION IN BOLD AS LOVE
is another Zen Self spin off. You get a transgenic infusion,
and you can draw on the energy-delivery molecules in the mitochondria
in your cells (adenosine triphosphate), as a personal
powersource. Don't need the national grid, you can make water boil by
stirring it with your fingers... "ATP's" a fantasy metaphor
for decentralised power, which has become quite a buzzword in our own
world, (all the kids are doing it); but more practical metabolic-energy
has been around for a while, especially in sf. There's a geek-girl running
her wearable computer on it, turning herself into a potato clock, in
Pat Cadigan's Synners.
The original post-industrial English pastoral, by William Morris: architect trained, artist and designer, somewhat naive political activist; founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement; also author of several rather wispy (IMO) romantic fantasy novels. Famous for the ménage à trois he shared, bravely but miserably, with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Janey Morris (the sultry redhead in all those sumptuous PreRaphaelite pictures). Enough said. NEWS FROM NOWHERE is basically one of those if-I-ruled-the-world guided-tours, not much story: redeemed by a melancholy self-knowledge rare in the utopian genre...
IT'S A GOOD LIFE
The code name for the runaway doomsday scenario for the Neurobomb (fusion consciousness weapon), in Midnight Lamp, is the title of a chilling classic sf story by Jerome Bixby. It's what happens when the Fat Boy comes on line. In 1961, and still in the shadow of this fellow (r), the story (1953) was made into "the best Twilight Zone episode ever".