* The story takes place on the Pacific Coast, near Asia, at the end of the twenty-first century.
* Bud, a criminal with artificial muscles, visits a mod parlor to upgrade his skull gun to a state-of-the-art spray gun using nanotechnology.
* Bud has no family name and no family tree, but he and his girlfriend have two children, Harv and Nell.
* Source Victoria filters dirty sea water and polluted air, then returns clean water and air.
* Bud asks a banker about a line of credit, and learns that the credit card will be mounted on a bone near the surface of his skin.
* People who default on payments are forced to assemble jewelry in a prison-like setting.
* Low-quality food and other products are available for free from matter compilers in public areas, but other...
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