(Brunner 1975) The shockwave rider


Brunner, John. The shockwave rider. New York: Ballantine Books; 1975.

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.

 

 

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