In Sterling's “Deep Eddy”, there is a type of castrophe called a “wende”. It’s easy for this vague description of a type of unmentionable to stoop a reader in their tracks. The occurence, or gathering is used with context clues very vaguely, much like some of the bantering in the short story. The wende could be described as a natural disastor of sorts. A hurricane, travesty, or some horrible affliction by human nature that is inevitable. Whether this affliction be death, or some horrible freak of nature that brings a group of individuals together as a result, it is for sure some two-step happening does the inexplicable, and occurs…but yet, strings people together.
It is no surprise the Wende seems to includes people dying. When reading about a Wende, it’s easy to contemplate other ways that in the modern world people come together for better or for worst in a sort of established gathering. The Olympics, which bring together different cultures, sports, and the like, can also attract such hate. The Olympic Centenial Park shooting is a example of a Wende because it fits the same criteria and occurrence as the below descriptions. While reading, it may be easy for the reader to point out that the worst outcome could be it’s a “cyber punk genocide”. Easiest way to kill a lot of people? Put them altogether in one sitting.
A Wende, according to Sterling’s piece contains the following(149) .
- “Wende people”… A type of similar-minded group of thinkers.
- “weird things happen” …Rape and pillage?
- “Capclug studies them” … Various tech observation.
- “you don’t throw it” … “it throws you”… The Wende is telepathic in some way?
- “word gets around…they start”
- “when it happens to you, it changes everything.” By this statement, one might think of it as a type of festival.
This leads the reader to believe a Wende could be a cacophony of different elements that signify a near disaster, or the end being near. That is simply because when people here a wende they flock to it, much like an anticipated concert. A wende is a sort of purging technological phenomenon, soon-to-be born apocalypse. For some others who have reviewed the book, they consider the wende to be a sort-of catch phrase, or an undescriptive happenstance.
“What are they going to fight about?”
“Anything, everything.” (165)
This a disastrous protest of sorts, or at least it would be in the current day and time. The kind of protest that results in destruction. The communication breakdown in the Post-Cypunk society as talked about in Sterling’s story warns the reader of what something as vague but imaginable as a wende could be. If technology weren’t present, our communication breakdowns would be even worst.
Let’s think for a moment that a wende other than, as established in Deep Eddy, could be any type horrified circumstance with an established group of people. For Deep Eddy, this is when a lot of people flea together due to data.