In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

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.