Thursday, 17 June 2010

*£%$ Gibson-esque Cyberpunk novels

I'm reading Lethal Interface by Mel Odom, written in 1991.

It robs a lot from Gibson's Neuromancer.

However, I just don't get how you fly around this stupid networked world of graphics, with a headset on and - this is my basic point - instead of passwords they have silly games to play to let you in. Which is less secure than passwords.

It's sad, because this book is quite readable. It's 50/50 whether I read any more.

Obviously Mel never saw the web coming when he wrote this in 1991, but who did? A world of text (not wireframe graphics) to display information, and IP and domain addresses to avoid 'flying around' looking for a destination.