Bruce Sterling's new novel, The Zenith Angle, is out now. To give you an idea of how much I liked this book -- a technothriller about post-9/11 hacker-entrepreneurs, and the military-industrial complex -- here's the blurb I wrote:
Sterling has his fingers on about a hundred different pulses in this
book, which vibrates with fantastic in-jokes and insights from
Bollywood to dot-bomb, from mil-spec gear-pigs to earnest cybercops.
The story rockets along like a hijacked airliner heading straight at
you, like a flash-worm compromising every unpatched Windows box on the
net at once. I read it in one sitting, and I'll read it again before
the month is out. Lots of books are called "thrillers" but very few are
Bruce is going on a ten-city US book tour -- check here for dates!
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
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