Snow Crash

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A novel by Neal Stephenson (1992).
de: ISBN 344245302X

"This Snow Crash - what is it? Drug, Virus, or Religion?"
"What's the difference?"

Snow Crash is both, a computer virus, capable of infecting the brains of unwary hackers in the Metaverse, and a drug in reality being marketed through a nearly-untraceable chain of sources.
The Metaverse can be accessed through public-access terminals in reality (low visual quality of the rendered avatar) or through a private terminal, making it possible to customize your avatar, is possible from almost any location using portable devices. In the Metaverse, status is a function of two things: access to restricted environments (such as the Black Sun, an exclusive Metaverse club) and technical acumen (often demonstrated by the sophistication of one's avatar).

Science Fiction Inventions From Snow Crash

related: Cyberpunk