"Science and science fiction, how do you even distinguish the two?"
I keep wondering if there are more points of comparison on a palm print than on a fingerprint.
There is an interesting connection with biometric devices that make use of hand geometry; in the works of Frank Herbert you find what he called a palm lock. While in Herbert's universe, everything seemed to be clean and personal, Gibson always gives everything a patina of use, and imagines what the public version would be.
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