In the Beginning...Was the Command Line
160 pages, 1999
science & nature1064 books
This is Neal Stephenson's command line -- a personal view of the art (and artifice) of computer-centric existence. And considering that Stephenson is the hacker Hemingway, acclaimed novelist, pragmatist, seer, and nationally bestselling author of groundbreaking literary works (Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, etc. ) -- his voice is worth hearing.
The thoughtful, irreverent, and hilarious In the Beginning... was the Command Line is a well-reasoned examination of computer-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.