Fragments of A Hologram Rose
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This is William Gibson's first published story and is about a simstim technology called 'Apparent Sensory Perception' (ASP). The narrator, whose girlfriend Angela has just left him, finds two of her possessions in his room: a postcard with a hologram rose and an ASP tape. He shreds the postcard into a thousand fragments and watches the tape, which has been erased except for a short sequence of Angela's holiday in Greece. Afterwards, he muses about what it was like before being able to record and play back the full range of sensory perception of another person. He compares people with the fragments of the hologram, since every fragment shows the whole image from a different angle.