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True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier

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Once in a great while a science fiction story is so visionary, yet so close to impending scientific developments that it becomes not only an accurate predictor, but itself the locus for new discoveries and development. True Names by Vernor Vinge, first published in 1981, is such a work.

Here is a feast of articles by computer scientists and journalists on the cutting edge of the field, writing about innovations and developments of the Internet, including, among others:

Danny Hillis: Founder of thinking machines and the first Disney Fellow.

Timothy C. May: former chief scientist at Intel--a major insider in the field of computers and technology.

Marvin Minsky: Cofounder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer: Codevelopers of habitat, the first real computer interactive environment.

Mark Pesce: Cocreator of VRML and the author of the Playful World: How Technology Transforms Our Imagination.

Richard M. Stallman: Research affiliate with MIT; the founder of the Free Software Movement.

Vernor Vinge, author of several popular SF novels and stories, has twice won the Hugo Award. He is also a professor of computer science at San Diego State University.

Once in a while a science fiction story is so visionaryyet so close to impending scientific developmentsthat it is not only an accurate predictor, but is itself the locus for new discoveries and developments. True Names is exactly such a work. This classic novella, which first appeared in the early 1980s, all but invented cyberspace.

Here we find not only Vernor Vinge's classic tale but also several essays on its lasting influence and importas well as its sturdy and ongoing ties to the Internet more generally. These articles are the work of computer scientists and journalists at the cutting edge of the field, including, among others: Danny Hillis, founder of Thinking Machines and the first Disney Fellow; Timothy C. May, former chief scientist at Inteland a major insider in the field of computers and technology; Marvin Minsky, co-founder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab; Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer, co-developers of Habitat (the first real computer interactive environment); Mark Pesce, co-creator of VRML and the author of The Playful World: How Technology Transforms Our Imagination; and Richard M. Stallman, research affiliate with MIT and founder of the Free Software movement.

"Many Net veterans cite True Names as a seminal influence that shaped their ideas about Net policy. It became a cult classic among hackers and presaged everything from Internet interactive games to Neuromancer."Kevin Kelly, Wired

"[True Names] is still a testament to SF's power to shape the future and give us advance warning of the rocky issues ahead."Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Once in a great while a science fiction story is so visionary, yet so close to impending scientific developments that it becomes not only an accurate predictor, but itself the locus for new discoveries and development. True Names by Vernor Vinge, first published in 1981, is such a work.

Here is a feast of articles by computer scientists and journalists on the cutting edge of the field, writing about innovations and developments of the Internet, including, among others:

Danny Hillis: Founder of thinking machines and the first Disney Fellow.

Timothy C. May: former chief scientist at Intel--a major insider in the field of computers and technology.

Marvin Minsky: Cofounder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer: Codevelopers of habitat, the first real computer interactive environment.

Mark Pesce: Cocreator of VRML and the author of the Playful World: How Technology Transforms Our Imagination.

Richard M. Stallman: Research affiliate with MIT; the founder of the Free Software Movement.

Synopsis:

"True Names, " the groundbreaking novella that invented the concept of cyberspace, is featured along with articles from other authors in a forum that explores the blossoming discoveries and groundbreaking applications on the Internet frontier.

About the Author

Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, including one for each of his last three novels, A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), and Rainbows End (2006). Known for his rigorous hard-science approach to his science fiction, he became an iconic figure among cybernetic scientists with the publication in 1981 of his novella "True Names," which is considered a seminal, visionary work of Internet fiction. His many books also include Marooned in Realtime and The Peace War.
 
Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin and raised in Central Michigan, Vinge is the son of geographers. Fascinated by science and particularly computers from an early age, he has a Ph.D. in computer science, and taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University for thirty years. He has gained a great deal of attention both here and abroad for his theory of the coming machine intelligence Singularity. Sought widely as a speaker to both business and scientific groups, he lives in San Diego, California.

Table of Contents

Preface by James Frenkel

Introduction by Vernor Vinge

"A Time of Transition/The Human Connection," by Danny Hills

"True Nyms and Crypto Anarchy," by Timothy C. May

"Eventful History: Version 1.x," by John M. Ford

"How Is the NII Like a Prison?," by Alan Wexelblat

"Intelligent Software," by Pattie Maes

"The Right to Read," by Richard M. Stallman

"Cryptography and the Politics of One's True Name," by Leonard N. Foner

"Habitat: Reports from an Online Community," by Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer

"True Magic," by Mark Pesce

'True Names," by Vernor Vinge

Afterword by Marvin Minsky

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312862077
Editor:
Frenkel, James
Afterword:
Minsky, Marvin L.
Editor:
Frenkel, James
Editor:
Frankel, James
Author:
Vinge, Vernor
Author:
Frenkel, James
Author:
Minsky, Marvin L.
Publisher:
Tor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Computer networks
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Computer Industry
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, American
Subject:
Science fiction, american
Subject:
Networking - Wide Area Networks (WANs)
Subject:
Cyberspace
Subject:
Science / High Tech
Subject:
World Wide Web -- History.
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 1894
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
43 in.

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Once in a great while a science fiction story is so visionary, yet so close to impending scientific developments that it becomes not only an accurate predictor, but itself the locus for new discoveries and development. True Names by Vernor Vinge, first published in 1981, is such a work.

Here is a feast of articles by computer scientists and journalists on the cutting edge of the field, writing about innovations and developments of the Internet, including, among others:

Danny Hillis: Founder of thinking machines and the first Disney Fellow.

Timothy C. May: former chief scientist at Intel--a major insider in the field of computers and technology.

Marvin Minsky: Cofounder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer: Codevelopers of habitat, the first real computer interactive environment.

Mark Pesce: Cocreator of VRML and the author of the Playful World: How Technology Transforms Our Imagination.

Richard M. Stallman: Research affiliate with MIT; the founder of the Free Software Movement.

"Synopsis" by , "True Names, " the groundbreaking novella that invented the concept of cyberspace, is featured along with articles from other authors in a forum that explores the blossoming discoveries and groundbreaking applications on the Internet frontier.
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