Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 10 Mar 2009.
Other books you should own: Masters of Doom, the story behind id Studios.
Oh, and The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester.
I liked Tiger, Tiger best. Until I lent my copy to a bloke in a pub, and never saw it (or him) again.
Tiger, Tiger? Wasn't that published under the name 'The Stars My Destination'? That's the title of the copy I have anyway. And you're right, that is a totally awesome book too.
While we're on the subject of sci-fi I can heartily recommend "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson. One of the best books I've ever read.
Any Charlie Stross ++recommend
I believe Tiger Tiger was simply it's original name before being republished. Or perhaps Stars was the US titles... I think I prefer it in any case. In any case, both of Bester's classics are absolute masterpieces and worth a read by anyone, I actually lent them both out to friends recently who might not normally read SF and they couldn't believe how good they were! I glad bit-tech is frequented by people of such good taste
For a more recent slice of cyberpunk, Richard Morgan's 'Altered Carbon' is fantastic.
As far as I recall, Joe doesn't own Masters of Doom, he nabbed it off me once and has been fraudulently living the limelight ever since.
That looks like a seriously good book. It's on the list.
Fine - no wedding present for you!
Too many pictures and not enough words, equations and diagrams in that book by the looks of it.
That's what I was thinking =(
I used an analogue computer system in a colour separation scanner for lithographic printing. It was the nicest and most 'human' machine/computer I ever operated.
Due to the analogue nature of the components, and the huge integration of the controls, ti certainly had a character of it's own. 'my' machine was individual, subtely different in the way it responded to input and output to others I had occasion to use.
I miss that machine, bizarrely you really got a feeling of empathy with it. Now we are stuck with a few 'os' interfaces and that's it.
I worked on a device driver for an Interface Message Processor (aka. an Imp). These were bit-serial devices with a complex hardware buffer reservation scheme that sort of pre-dated routers. The Internet backbone ran on them. They were made by BBN and had blinking lights on the front like all the best sci-fi gear
Silicon snake oil - Second thoughts on the Information Highway. also a very good read a book about the internet wrote in 1995 but its funny how relevant it still is now and how things have changed.
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