These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Inferred Holocaust: the steampunk dream of a Victorian information age is somewhat deconstructed by the heavy hints that they're using it to catalogue people for the purposes of the then-popular doctrine of eugenics. The ending (set in the 1990's) implies that humanity only exists as simulated information.
Shout-Out: The "Rad" nickname and the term "Rad Lord" are puns for the late 19th century Rand Lords, South African mining tycoons. Who were risen from the commoners like Sterling and Gibson's Lords.