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Interface [Paperback]

Frederick George , Neal Stephenson
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5 Sep 2002
'A Manchurian Candidate for the computer age' Seattle WeeklyThere's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likeable Midwestern governor with one insidious advantage. An advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip inside his head wires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channelled directly into his brain. Forget issuesForget policy He's more than the perfect candidate - he's a special effect.

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099427753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099427759
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer, known for his speculative fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk. Stephenson explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired Magazine, and has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff Bezos) developing a manned sub-orbital launch system.

Born in Fort Meade, Maryland (home of the NSA and the National Cryptologic Museum) Stephenson came from a family comprising engineers and hard scientists he dubs "propeller heads". His father is a professor of electrical engineering whose father was a physics professor; his mother worked in a biochemistry laboratory, while her father was a biochemistry professor. Stephenson's family moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1960 and then to Ames, Iowa in 1966 where he graduated from Ames High School in 1977. Stephenson furthered his studies at Boston University. He first specialized in physics, then switched to geography after he found that it would allow him to spend more time on the university mainframe. He graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography and a minor in physics. Since 1984, Stephenson has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Seattle with his family.

Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic "The Baroque Cycle" (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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"A Manchurian Candidate for the computer age" (Seattle Weekly)

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First published seven years ago, under the pseudonym Stephen Bury, Interface is a gloriously funny satirical thriller, written by Neal Stephenson with his uncle. Stephenson at his brilliant best.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Political puppet mastery meets Big Brother 25 Nov 2001
Written under the nom de plume of Stephen Bury, this excellent black comedy blends bio-tech with political puppet mastery in a very unnerving manner.
The author has written a compelling storyline that spins a fresh perspective on the usual conspiracy theory, and if you like your future-tech sprinkled with a generious measure of political intrigue, then this will most certainly satisfy.
The main character actually reminded me a lot of Sargeant Bobby Shaftoe, the morphine-dependant marine from Cryptonomicon - another Stephenson classic.
It follows the fate of a Governor in mid-western America afflicted by a stroke and the people around him who are bent on controlling him for their own ends.
Think political Big Brother, but without the fame-obsessed residents, think Tony Blair with a game controller interface implant patched straight into your own tv.
This book is a must for all cyberpunk afficionados who are looking for something a bit more down to earth. You should also take the time to track down the excellent 'Cobweb' which is the other Stephen Bury masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining cyberpunk political thriller 4 April 2010
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This was a highly entertaining read. The book was published in 1994 with the story set in the presidential campaign of the then future of 1996, but it hasn't really dated. The shadowy conspiracy which manipulates things behind the scenes on a global scale is reminiscent of Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminati. The story skillfully weaves together political thriller & cyberpunk with satirical depictions of media manipulation within political campaigning, which are probably all too close to what really happens. The story builds to a satisfying dramatic climax. If you enjoy Neal's other books, you'll enjoy this.
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By adbird
Has this new printing of Interface been badly OCRed, like many e-book issues these days? I guess I'll never know unless I find an original printing. The errors come fairly regularly throughout the whole book.
Other than that, whilst this isn't top of the list for people discovering Stephenson, it is a good book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect Cryptonomicon 8 Nov 2010
I loved Cryptonomicon just as much as i loved The Baroque Trilogy. This is a huge disappointment beside those. I don't know what happened - whether it was the result of it being a collaborative effort maybe, but I didn't feel the least sympathy for any of the characters. We get a predictably heroic Governor, a predictably beautiful and brilliant-at-everything daughter, pop-up bad guys, and a waster who suddenly and inexplicably goes off his rocker and decides to kill the Governor.

I love Stephenson's works, and this was a good idea, but ultimately it was unbelievable and unrecommendable
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4.0 out of 5 stars good cyber/crime novel 11 Feb 2003
Reading about the book in references in various scietific (HCI and STS) articles and books regarding I got an impression of Interface as a rather serious cyber fiction novel with heavy emphasis on "interface".
Instead I got a crime novel with certain cyber fiction traits. However it did provide for solid entertainment with a thought provoking edge. It does present an interesting implementation of human extrasensory interfacing technology.
However, the book is littered with spelling mistakes and typos. Way too many to ignore, it's like nobody ever prrofread the book. That makes it four stars rather than five.
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