Cyberpunk and Cyberculture: Science Fiction and the Work of William Gibson. ^^^ Really excellent literary review!
Neuromancer made a big splash not because it was the “first” cyberpunk novel, but rather, because it perfectly captured the Zeitgeist of anxiety and wonder that prevailed at the dawning of the present era of globalized economics, digital telecommunications, and exponential technological progress –things which we now take for granted but which, in the early 1980s were still new and frightening. For example, Gibson’s novels exhibit a fascination with the “Japanification” of Western culture –then a major concern, but now a forgotten and laughable anxiety. This is also visible in the futuristic Los Angeles of Scott’s Blade Runner.
- Neuromancer, William Gibson 1984
- Count Zero, William Gibson 1986
- Metrophage, Richard Kadrey 1988
- Wetware, Rudy Rucker 1988
- Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson 1989
- Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson 1992
- Freeware, Rudy Rucker 1997
- Realware, Rudy Rucker 2000
- Jennifer Government, Max Barry 2003
- The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi 2009
Cyberpunk book readers navigate sprawling neon cities populated by hackers, gangsters, outcasts, and femmes fatales.
That’s what a number of venture capitalists and futurists told the Wall Street Journal recently. They cite Stephenson’s classic novel as a harbinger of many current staples, from World of Warcraft to Google’s search capabilities.
The other day, I found myself in an intense conversation about the potential of shared virtual reality with a senior engineer at one of the largest tech companies in Silicon Valley. I say a “conversation,” but if I were to be more frank, I would have to admit that for long stretches I was on the receiving end of a rant. My interlocutor’s argument was impassioned, utterly contrarian, and possibly correct. One thing he said in passing struck me as hyperbolic but nonetheless apt: “Never trust an engineer who isn’t fond of Snow Crash.”
Young people attack computer networks to impress friends and challenge political system, crime research shows
-=-=-=-=-=- Okay boys and girls, children of all ages…Here’s a revolutionary idear….The announcements foist! -=-=-=-=-=- The file we released on
@hodlonaut Non-fiction books I’d recommend: Cyberpunk by Hafner & Markoff - 80s hacker culture The Hacker Crackdown - Sterling - US gov realizes genie is out of bottle Masters of Deception - Slatalla - 80s Hacker culture Underground by Dreyfus - Assange and other Aussie …
1996: “Hackers”, the first episode of the TV series Net Cafe aired. It was filmed in a cyber cafe in San Francisco called CoffeeNet. Dan Farmer, Aleph One, White Knight, Reid Fleming, Mudge, and Deth Veggie appeared in the episode. Watch and enjoy! https://t.co/2xWfTrNI1p
Back in 1984, a lonely, weird kid calling himself Grandmaster Ratte’ formed a hacker group in Lubbock, Texas. called the Cult of the Dead Cow, a name inspired by a nearby slaughterhouse. In the decades to come, cDc would become one of the dominant forces on the BBS scene and then the internet – endlessly inventive, funny and prankish, savvy and clever, and sometimes reckless and foolish – like punk-rock on a floppy disk.
From privacy to the dark web, this obscure essay has it all.
Those of you who never experienced the days of the “command line” or “DOS prompt” may not realize the impact that the bulletin board system, or BBS, has on today’s Internet. The archive site textfiles.com seeks to preserve those heady, monochrome, dial-up days for old-timers to relive and for the curious to see what the net was like before GUIs.
In the summer of 1994, Ottawa screenwriter and standup comedian Rick Kaulbars came up with the idea of a call-in television show about the rapidly growing Internet and the locally popular BBS scene. A BBS user himself, Rick recognized that the growing availability of communications and computing technology to the general public would revolutionize the way in which people interacted, worked, and played. He was not the first to understand that the birth of the “information highway” (as it was popularly dubbed in those days) was going to be a major social development. But he did realize this would lead to an increasing demand amongst new and experienced users for information and news about this evolving phenomenon.
Do you remember the days of Bulletin Board Systems? No matter what ur answer is, u should watch BBS: The Documentary https://t.co/27uPksSVRi
Editions for The Anarchist Cookbook: 0974458902 (Paperback published in 1971), 0818400048 (Hardcover published in 1971), 0962303208 (Paperback published …
It’s difficult to find a book more eclectic, violent, provocative, and incendiary than the Anarchist Cookbook. It’s a bizarre instruction manual that covers a wide array of topics whose only connection is that they are often illegal and dangerous. Broadly, the book covers fou…
The author was an angry teenager when he began research on the book, which outlined weapon use, bomb-building techniques and drug manufacturing.
William Powell: When I penned the book, I was angry and alienated. Today I realize that violence can’t be used to prevent violence
Early Internet Hacker