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Andy Beckett: Bo Fowler, 3 September 1998

Scepticism Inc. 
by Bo Fowler.
Cape, 247 pp., £9.99, April 1998, 0 224 05124 5
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... this trolley is ‘born’ in an industrial estate outside Chelmsford. Like all the machines in Bo Fowler’s sketchily imagined future, it is fitted with a silicon chip that enables it to remember and think. For the first three weeks of its life, its circuits are filled with information about products and store closing times; then it is sent to the St ...

No Dancing, No Music

Alex Clark: New Puritans, 2 November 2000

All Hail the New Puritans 
edited by Nicholas Blincoe and Matt Thorne.
Fourth Estate, 204 pp., £10, September 2000, 1 84115 345 1
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... as a challenge to their facility for experiment. At times, this has disastrous results. Bo Fowler comes up with three fragments, or ‘Love Stories’, that it is hard to believe took more than a few minutes to scribble down. The middle section, entitled ‘Were We Married?’ is reproduced here in full: I met this girl I hadn’t seen since ...

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