RSI in fiction

Terry Pratchet fans amongst you might like to check out his new book, “Maskarade” (sic). It`s the first fictional reference I`ve seen, to RSI. A sympathetic approach in a very funny book.

Comment 1: I’m interested to hear about Maskarade (is that a pun on mask and charade?) but I’ve seen an earlier reference to RSI, in Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy. ‘Twas a pome. I can’t seem to lay my hands on it now. Anybody else see it?

Comment 2: No. Just T.P.’s normal subtle distortions – in this case of opera, (and it`s an excellent take off – one of his best). Sorry, no. I`d like to. It does occur to me that, given Prachets volume of output, that he might be having trouble with RSI himself. I wonder. I know that Straczynski, the creator of Bablyon 5, can only do keyboard work for 15 minutes at a time because of severe problems with his hands.

Comment 3: Another fairly well known person with RSI is Richard Stallman, the hacker behind the GNU / Free Software Foundation initiatives. Q: How many well known people have to get RSI before the average computer
user takes it seriously?

Comment 4: The only RSI poem I’ve ever seen had an Indian context. It’s in “A Suitable Boy” by Vikram Seth. The first line starts “Dear hands, that cause me so much pain…” I can’t remember the rest of it, and don’t have a copy of the book.


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