It's just this sort of ... concept gestalt (which is funny given that the book deals in one small part with "gestalt tags") so it's like... solipsism, nation of one, the whole... traveling through space that is not there because everything is just... coded. When traveling outside of the coded areas you can travel a million years out into nothing and never get any closer or further away from anything. Off the grid is off the grid, unplotable.
I really want to dig out that book and reread it now (and the one with the camera-eye'd guy and the manufactured island and all that) but all my books are still packed and in my sister's house and that makes me just... batshit annoyed.
Maybe I should go get a library card. I don't even know where a library is around here.
Looked it up... It's Diaspora. Fuck I love that book. I just realized there's books of his I haven't read. I've read Diaspora, Quarantine (artificial Island, RepoMan poster), Permutation City, and a... hmm, I want to say it was a book of short stories with another author but it might have been something cowritten by Egan and another author and it was really really good.
Damn. I'm losing my Book larnin. heh