Stand on Zanzibar

The BBC looks at John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar with an eye toward the many things it predicted, 50 years ago. It's great to see Brunner getting some attention; his work was greatly influential on young pre-nerds like me, but it has kind of faded into obscurity over the years.

The Shockwave Rider helped to redirect my life. It predicted much of what we see on the Internet now, including privacy issues, governmental control attempts, and worms — all in 1975. Many years later, I can confess that a desire to emulate its super-hacker hero helped to push me toward a career in software all those many years ago. Good stuff.