Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

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They are Microserfs—six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day "coding" and eating "flat" foods (food which, like Kraft singles, can be passed underneath closed doors) as they fearfully scan company e-mail to learn whether the great Bill is going to "flame" one of them. But now there's a chance to become innovators instead of cogs in the gargantuan Microsoft machine. The intrepid Microserfs are striking out on their own—living together in a shared digital flophouse as they desperately try to cultivate well-rounded lives and find love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz of their computer-driven world.


About Douglas Coupland

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Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, including Generation X and Microserfs, and several works of nonfiction, including Polaroids from the Dead. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
Published June 21, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 400 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although there are plenty of detours along the way here--weird theme parties with female bodybuilders, a giant and never-ending computer diagram made of Lego blocks, raucous arguments over the decadence or salubrity of breakfast cereals--it's pretty clear from the start that Daniel is trying to f...

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Together with his girlfriend Karla, a mousy shiatsu expert with a penchant for Star Trekky aphorisms, and a tight clique of maladjusted, nose-to-the-grindstone housemates, he relocates to a Lego-adorned office in Palo Alto, Calif., to develop a product called Object Oriented Programming (Oop!), a...

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Entertainment Weekly

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Entertainment Weekly

Douglas Coupland pegged a generation with his 1991 book, Generation X, then went on to write three more au courant novels.

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Written in the form of a diary, Micro-serfs is the story of Dan Underwood and his six housemates, each of whom is unhappier than the next, toiling away as software programmers for Chairman Bill.

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London Review of Books

In The Road Ahead, Gates describes how people might one day follow his lead and live in a ‘smart house’ like the one he is building outside Seattle: ‘If you’re planning to visit Hong Kong, you might ask the screen in your room to show you pictures of the city.’ There’s a faint echo here of a pass...

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