Rant in relation to Vurt
One of my favorite authors, Jeff Noon, wrote a book in 1993 entitled Vurt. The story follows a group of rebellious, young outcasts in a futuristic world fueled by a virtual reality drug called "vurt". The drug is housed in feathers,(like bird feathers), of various colors depending on their strength and category of emphasis, i.e. adventure, lust, and so forth. When the user indulges in a feather, it is called "plugging in". This book was a debut novel and eventually won the Clark award for excellence in relation to science fiction.
I was curious to see if any other Palahniuck fans had also read this book. If so, did anyone find the similarities in Rant and Vurt intriguing? In particular, the acts of "boosting" and "plugging in", seem to have an uncanny sense of correlation. In reading both novels, I am also slightly reminded of certain elements within the Matrix series. Never a avid fan of science fiction, these similarities have left me wondering. Like modern day Aldous Huxleys, do these creators have a premonition as to the direction of our future? Is Rant a slight nod of appreciation to these former works or is it simply further confirmation of an enlightened state of mind?