In this science fiction novel, Brunner coined the expression “worm” to refer to self-replicating computer programs spread over multiple machines in a network. The novel is also an early portrayal of hacktivism in action; the hero uses computer worms to challenge a repressive, corrupt future government in the USA. At a remove of three decades, the similarities to the present USA are remarkable.
- John F. Shoch and Jon A. Hupp credit this novel for the use of the expression “worm” to describe self-replicating programs in computer networks : “The “worm” programs—early experience with a distributed computation”
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