As my flight taxied to the gate after landing in Dallas/Ft Worth, the flight attendant announced that they had learned just after takeoff from Frankfurt about the bombings in London. Maybe it would have felt less bizarre if I wasn’t reading William Gibson’s cyberpunk Virtual Light, which is placed in North America after natural disasters and disease have devastated modernity. Terrorism and virtual war may be another means to a similar future . . .

It was also interesting that a) they waited to inform us; b) they then did inform us, including an update on the death toll from the pilot just as we pulled into the gate; and c) they didn’t tell us about the storms that had delayed flights for hours here.

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