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Good fiction pertaining to the internet or an internet is really hard to come by. When it does come by though, it hits with force.
I've been running Lancer for over a year now and I've always appreciated the inclusion of HORUS as one of the setting's major figures. One of the best pieces of fiction I've read pertaining to not just the internet, but the nuances of internet culture and how it affects the physical world.
What are some other examples of really good internet-related cyberpunk writing?


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Cory Doctorow, the digital rights activist, writes sci-fi which describes networks better than physical landscapes.

He wrote one called Walkaway, which I got from my local library. It's defo cyberpunk - society is run by the sick, ultra-privileged "zotta-rich", but an increasing number of people have walked away from mainstream society and built self-sustaining communes using technology. These "walkaways" make food and drink from synthetic chemical ingredients, print out clothes with a futuristic 3D printer and build amenities using materials scavenged with the help of drones. Walkaways have their own layer of the internet where they make everything open-source: clothing designs, architectural blueprints, IoT firmware. The movement is seen as a threat by the elites and there are constant cyber- and physical assaults against walkaway outposts.

The book's good because it really makes you think that walking away will be possible in the real world, given some improvements in techniques such as 3D printing. It'd be schway af to live in a commune where the ideal is that software runs everything and your main job is to fix bugs in the software when it goes wrong. Otherwise you can just chill and drink synthetic ersatz coffee.

One thing you should know is that Doctorow inserts sex and sexual tension in nearly every scene in the book. No one is ever reluctant to fuck, ever. All characters are permanently horny for every other character. Towards the end of the book, dragging myself through yet another sex scene felt like a chore. I'm not being puritan - there really was too much. But overall it's a thought-provoking book and I'd recommend.


Sounds like a good read! I'll definitely be adding this to my current reading list

>Walkaways have their own layer of the internet

I wonder how that works, I'm completely clueless about internet architecture outside the most basic of basics. It's on the same net as the zotta-rich but in a separate layer?

>Doctorow inserts sex and sexual tension in nearly every scene in the book.

After having every Murakami novel thrown in my face since birth (I've read a lot of them), this might just be next big "the-author-is-too-horny" challenge.


>It's on the same net as the zotta-rich but in a separate layer?
My impression was that the walkaway net is like the .onion address of Tor. You can't access .onion sites from a regular browser because the browser doesn't understand a protocol which translates that address into a host to contact. Thus you need the Tor Browser to access the onion sites. I assumed that the walkaway net was like that - using a separate naming system to the normal internet but something that anyone could access using the right software. However, I didn't pay attention to all the details so maybe there's a different explanation in the book.

>After having every Murakami novel thrown in my face since birth (I've read a lot of them)

I've never read any Murakami. What's a good one to start with?


>like the .onion address of Tor.
That would make the most sense for a punknet, but doesn't sound like a different layer, just a completely separate web. Sounds interesting either way though!

>What's a good one to start with?

I think Sputnik Sweetheart is a good introduction to Murakami's basics, it's also a pretty entertaining read. I should note that nobody reads Murakami for the story, or very few people do. Murakami is way more style over substance, but the style is fun enough that it makes for an enjoyable read.


A while ago I started reading The Cryptonomicon. It's interesting enough to tempt me to read more instead of doing (probably) more responsible things. It's also clear the author has a good understanding of computer and cryptological concepts and makes them present in the novel. It's also a source of some great quotes:

"So, you're the UNIX guru." At the time, Randy was still stupid enough to be flattered by this attention, when he should have recognized them as bone-chilling words. Three years later, he left the Astronomy Department without a degree, and with nothing to show for his labors except six hundred dollars in his bank account and a staggeringly comprehensive knowledge of UNIX.

Randy was forever telling people, without rancor, that they were full of shit. That was the only way to get anything done in hacking. No one took it personally. Charlene's crowd most definitely did take it personally. It wasn't being told that they were wrong that offended them, though–it was the underlying assumption that a person could be right or wrong about anything.

Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be–or be indistinguishable from–self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.

Although it might not be very /cy/, I also really liked this AI fan-fiction: https://www.fimfiction.net/story/62074/1/friendship-is-optimal/prologue-equestria-online

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