foolsgd


Extrapolating
plot lines from deep undercover in

Pat Cadigan’s Fools
(one version)


Earl Jackson, Jr.
Another Scene
Unstill Life

 








 

Below is a partial plot synopsis of Pat
Cadigan’s novel Fools, beginning with the events
that really cause everything in the novel. These events
take place beginning at least several weeks before the
first scene in Davy Jones’s Locker. I extracted all this
plot information directly from the novel, but much of
this information is filtered out sporadically and through
extremely intricate narrative situations. It takes a
while before this much information (and in this kind of
linear presentation) can be gleaned from the novel.
That’s one of the beauties of the novel, however, and I
don’t recommend this way of recouping info over simply
reading the novel. But for those who find the initial
challenges too daunting, I offer a crib to allow the more
timid reader the real pleasures of the novel and the
amazing poetics of the situations. The synopsis of the
pre-history of the plot of Fools below will allow
the reader to follow and understand who is who (and who
they think they are and why) in the first scene of the
novel. 

   
  Below is a partial
plot synopsis of Pat Cadigan’s novel
Fools,
beginning with the events that really cause everything in
the novel. These events take place beginning at least
several weeks before the first scene in Davy Jones’s
Locker. I extracted all this plot information directly
from the novel, but much of this information is filtered
out sporadically and through extremely intricate
narrative situations. It takes a while before this much
information (and in this kind of linear presentation) can
be gleaned from the novel. That’s one of the beauties of
the
novel,
however, and I don’t
recommend this way of recouping info
over simply reading the novel.
 
     
Below is a partial plot
synopsis of Pat Cadigan’s novel Fools, beginning
with the events that really cause everything in the
novel. These events take place beginning at least several
weeks before the first scene in Davy Jones’s Locker. I
extracted all this plot information directly from the
novel, but much of this information is filtered out
sporadically and through extremely intricate narrative
situations. It takes a while before this much information
(and in this kind of linear presentation) can be gleaned
from the novel. That’s one of the beauties of the novel,
however, and I don’t recommend this way of recouping info
over simply reading the novel. But for those who find the
initial challenges too daunting, I offer a crib to allow
the more timid reader the real pleasures of the novel and
the amazing poetics of the situations. The synopsis of
the pre-history of the plot of Fools below will
allow the reader to follow and understand who is who (and
who they think they are and why) in the first scene of
the novel. 
    the events that
really cause everything in the novel. These events take
place beginni
ng at least several weeks before the first scene in Davy
Jones’s Locker. I extracted all this plot information
directly from the novel, but much of this information is
novel, however, and I don’t filtered out sporadically and
through extremely intricate narrative situations. It
takes a while before this much information (and in this
kind of linear presentation) can be gleaned from the
novel. That’s one of the beauties of the recommend
this way of recouping info over simply reading the novel.
But for those who find the initial challenges too
daunting, I offer a crib to allow the more timid reader
the real pleasu
   


The who is who is who of
Fools, Part One


 



 





The Plot

An
apparently
legitimate new personality franchiser, Some Very Nice
People is suspected of underworld connections and
bootlegging operations. Mersine, a Brain Police
officer assigned to the case goes deep undercover
(meaning she herself doesn’t know she’s who she is
except under certain conditions). Her cover persona
is Marva, a Method actress (and a multiple- meaning
she can create temporary multiple personalities for
herself). Marva joins the theatre troupe of Sir
Larry’s and is rehearsing a play. She is programmed
to decide to sign with Some Very Nice People, to
become Famous (i.e. to license copies of her
personality and sell them through Some Very Nice
People).

But while working on the
play she and Sovay, an actor/director, find
themselves extremely attracted to each other
(although Sovay is married). To deal with the
attraction and get over it so they can return to
characterizations, they go mind-to-mind. Sovay also
does this to dissuade Marva from signing with the
franchisers. There Sovay discovers Mersine (the Brain
Police officer) and either tells Marva or Marva
learns it because of their mind-to-mind contact.
Sovay is able to dissuade Marva from signing, but
this is in conflict with the original programming.
And, because of the funhouse mirror there (the
psychical correlate to the Method) and their
reciprocal attraction to each other, Marva splits
into two Marva’s the one who will follow the program
and the Marva that Sovay wanted. This Marva
(hereafter Marva2) doesn’t want to sign
and doesn’t know she’s a cover for the brain police.
(Marva2 hires an Escort to get rid of the
Mersine persona. 

The Escort, Marcelline,
is a memory junkie, and therefore falls prey to the great
temptation of Mersine’s memories. Thus Mersine is not
killed but takes up residence in Marcellline’s brain with
her and Marva1. Marva2 takes over
the body of „the actress“ (Mersine’s body) and
attempts to live as if she were the „real“
person, Marva [there was never a „real“ Marva].



In the opening scene
of the novel


Who is at  Davy Jones’s Locker?

ANSWERS BELOW

Marcelline is physically
present at Davy Jones’s Locker.


 

 

In the body of Marcelline: Marcelline; Mersine, and Marva1.


 

 

In the body of Mersine: Marva2


And that’s just the first chapter of Part
One!!


The
Introduction to Pat Cadigan


The
Pat Cadigan Home Page
Maintained by Chris Fowler


Luke
Jackson’s paper on Fools
.


The
World
of Mindplayers and Fools


 


Please send correspondence to:


Earl Jackson,
Jr.


University of California, Santa Cruz


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