In the Beginning...Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson

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This is "the Word" -- one man's word, certainly -- about the art (and artifice) of the state of our computer-centric existence. And considering that the "one man" is Neal Stephenson, "the hacker Hemingway" (Newsweek) -- acclaimed novelist, pragmatist, seer, nerd-friendly philosopher, and nationally bestselling author of groundbreaking literary works (Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, etc., etc.) -- the word is well worth hearing. Mostly well-reasoned examination and partial rant, Stephenson's In the Beginning... was the Command Line is a thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious treatise on the cyber-culture past and present; on operating system tyrannies and downloaded popular revolutions; on the Internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, not to mention the meaning of life itself.


About Neal Stephenson

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Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde; Anathem; the three-volume historical epic The Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); as well as Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 160 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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After reading this galvanizing essay, first intended as a feature for Wired magazine but never published there, readers are unlikely to look at their laptops in quite the same mutely complacent way. S

Nov 01 1999 | Read Full Review of In the Beginning...Was the Co...

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Stephenson's admittedly "snotty" comments about the dog-eat-dog world of the computer-software industry can be illuminating to the just-barely computer-literate caucus, although the absence of a geek-speak glossary indicates that Stephenson (Cryptonomicon) knows he's preaching to the converted.

Apr 07 2000 | Read Full Review of In the Beginning...Was the Co...

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