Oprah Time June 2015

I found that I have been reading pretty much exclusively on my phone and iPad for the past few months. For some reason this process has made me less likely to write about what I’ve read here, maybe it seems less valuable for more transcient because its the electronic word rather than printed on a page. I am sure there is a whole dissertation waiting to be written about it at some point.

I have a few different books on the go at the moment:

I am re-reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson – is a complex interwoven story that spans the rise of Japanese aggression in the 1930s, second world war advances in computing to the 1990s global telecoms boom and internet build-out in Asia Pacific and weaves it together into a complex story about data havens and gold treasure that may, or may not exist. The book in many ways feels prescient in a post-Snowden world.

I have started on the Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling which channels a different Victorian age where the early computational technology developed like jacquard cards alter the nature of the real Victorian Britain. More on this book once I have got further.

I re-read Snow Crash by Stephenson and the Sprawl trilogy by William Gibson; both classics of the cyberpunk genre and their distroprian vision seemed to be too fantastical for today’s world.