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"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
- John Brunner

Datumplane  
  The workspace of console cowboys - the matrix.  

"Think. Datumplane is itself an abstract. A commingling of computer and AI-generated data spheres and the quasi-perceptual Gibsonian matrix designed originally for human operators, now accepted as common ground for man, machine and AI."
From Hyperion, by Dan Simmons.
Published by Doubleday in 1989
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Essentially, this is Simmon's word for the matrix from Gibson's 1982 story Burning Chrome and Neuromancer.

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