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True Names & 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.

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:
9780312944445
Author:
Vinge, Vernor
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Frenkel, James
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Science / High Tech
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
R 480
Publication Date:
19841215
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
2 x 10 x 7 in 1 lb

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