Raygun Emplacements in White Stucco

Posted: January 11, 1998. Tags: Humor

Great quote from Burning Chrome by William Gibson:

"During the high point of the Downes Age [the 30s and 40s], they put Ming the Merciless in charge of designing California gas stations. Favoring the architecture of his native Mongo, he cruised up and down the coast erecting raygun emplacements in white stucco. Lots of them featured superfluous central towers ringed with those strange radiator flanges that were a signature motif of the style, and made them look as though they might generate potent bursts of raw technological enthusiasm, if you could only find the switch that turned them on."

- William Gibson, "The Gernsback Continuum", a short story in the collection titled "Burning Chrome".