When consensual hallucination becomes consensual memory, a watershed is reached, not only for potential media, but also for the dramas of history. At this point, Coupland’s throw-away speculations ­ placed into the mouths of microserfs’s super-smart Michael and super-cool Karla ­ overlap with the consensual worlds of Idoru. When Michael invokes externalized memory and the creative potential of its manipulation, or when Karla and Dan have their vision of a beach of tiny pebble-worlds of recorded memory (shades of Blake’s grains of sand and the shoreline visions of the Neuromancer), they both suggest the possibility of an ‘actually existing’ world where people like you are able to record, edit and share consensual memories, in real time ­ unless, of course, that phrase has, by then, ceased to hold a meaning.