John Brunner. Er ist ein begabter Hacker und kann sich so der Verfolgung lange entziehen. I recently reviewed "The Space Merchants", b3ecause I was astonished by how prescient it was of today's culture in so many ways as well as having a sort of "Mad Men" sensibility that could either grate or entertain. This book is better.
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A Science Fiction Book Club Selection "When John Brunner first told me of his intention to write this book, I was fascinated -- but I wondered whether he, or anyone, could bring it off. Bring it off he has -- with cool brilliance. A hero with transient personalities, animals with souls, think tanks and survival communities fuse to form a future so plausibly alive it has twitched at me ever since. Nickie Haflinger had lived a score of lifetimes He was a fugitive from Tarnover, the high-powered government think tank that had educated him.
First he had broken his identity code -- then he escaped. Now he had to find a way to restore sanity and personal freedom to the computerized masses and to save a world tottering on the brink of disaster.
He didn't care how he did it That's when his Tarnover teachers got him back in their labs Der Schockwellenreiter. Science-Fiction-Roman baculus library TinyCat.
Toggle Dropdown Advanced Search. Status Available. Call number Tags Science Fiction. Genres Science Fiction. Publication Wilhelm Heyne , Seiten. User reviews LibraryThing member TheAmpersand. I suspect that many readers who pick up science fiction that's more than a couple of decades old get the urge to consider whether the author got the future "right.
He foresaw a data-dominated future full of constant, accelerated change, gladiatorial entertainments, ruthless tribalism, rampant consumerism, class war, and hockey fandom. Some of this did, I suppose, come to pass, but not in the way that Brunner anticipated: his computer revolution seems more analog and top-down than our current Web, though bits of "The Shockwave Rider" also seem to foreshadow Edward Snowden's paranoia-inducing revelations.
The novel also has a few problems from the literary point of view: the book's most important female protagonist struck me as too quirky to be remotely realistic, and while the novel's plot gets a good, tense hum going in the first few chapters, it gets figuratively and literally off-tack when its main characters end up in what looks like an updated version of a Neo-Luddite hippie colony.
Brunner's decision to shift around between viewpoints and include some random media artifacts in his text, however, seems appropriate: his slightly fractured style conveys the feeling of living in a very fractured society well enough. The best reason to read "The Shockwave Rider," though, is that Brunner seems to be asking the right questions here, even if he seems to have gotten a few of the future's particulars wrong.
He worries about the overstimulation that comes with modern life and the speeding-up that living in a highly computer-dependent society might entail. This hectic experience seems to unmoor many of his characters from their most basic thought processes and desires: in a way, this book is both a warning and a plea for sanity. I don't think that Brunner offers too many solutions here, per se: his off-the-grid solution seems a bit too much like a liberal-arts fantasy, but he makes a good argument that too much noise, too much change, too much speed, and too much data, too much anything, really, can be dangerous to the self.
I can't call "The Shockwave Rider" a classic, but there's certainly enough here to make it worth your while. LibraryThing member cissa. I recently reviewed "The Space Merchants", b3ecause I was astonished by how prescient it was of today's culture in so many ways as well as having a sort of "Mad Men" sensibility that could either grate or entertain. This book is better. The aspects of modern life depicted here range from the profound: the Internet though it's not called that ; the "disposable" lifestyle where everyone is seen more as a replaceable cog in a machine than as an individual, and neither employees nor employers have any loyalty to each other; and the break-down in mental health and relationships that these ever-increasing pressures cause; political corruption because the Powers That Be are bought off by corporations; also bioengineering in a smaller way than is true for us.
Others are more minor: the "circuses" seem to have strong similarities to reality TV; the Wii is referenced, as is by implication the Tivo etc.
Even vulture capitalists are implied. This book is heading toward 40 years old. It is still very fresh. I'm glad I re-read it once again- it had been maybe 20 years for me, and it's even more appropriate now than I recall it being then!
I would call Precipice CA utopian. If you hate utopias, that might be a problem. However, the rest of the world just seems too close to NOW to be considered dystopian Highly recommended. Not as funny as "Space Merchants" LibraryThing member bluesalamanders. This is for some inexplicable reason one of my favorite books, though it's very dated - it was written around the birth of the internet, and Brunner's view of what the internet would become is interesting, though inaccurate in many ways.
It's not a book I've ever really been able to summarize or explain well, though. I like the end - it's one of those things that you sort of wish could be in the real world, but it's probably too idealistic to really work. LibraryThing member mustreaditall.
But where Sheep was a sort of free form, bloody, experimental warning about the USA's impact on the global ecology of Earth, Rider is more of a standard cyberpunkish story. Don't get me wrong - there are some very cool, bleak moments, especially those involving "therapy" for children. But it just didn't live up to Sheep's promise. I think my favorite concept Brunner brings into this book is that of "Hearing Aid", a free number one can call to rant, rave, cuss, complain to with a promise that it is not recorded and no one but the person on the other end of the line can hear them.
In these days, when our every keystroke is recorded and our phone conversations are easily dipped into, I sort of wish we had something like that available to us as a regular thing. Some stuff you don't even want to blog about.
By the end, the story just wrapped up too neatly. It was a happy ending all around something, I'll admit, I haven't seen much these past 6 months. All the mutant dogs do their noble best. The revolutionaries pull one over on the government and manage to put out a powerful computer worm this book is here the term comes from that exposes all the secret data hidden from view, effectively bringing about a sort of socialist drive for freedom and love.
But, see, I don't think that the average US citizen would actually care much who we've been torturing or why. I think we would find it interesting for ten minutes and then go back to their daily routine. If you want true dystopian horrifics, though, go for The Sheep Look Up instead.
LibraryThing member jimmaclachlan. I think the futuristic lingo is a little over done - makes it a bit more difficult to read than it has to be - he is painting a very scary look at a future that is now here in very many ways. Well worth reading. LibraryThing member sturlington. Brunner is not an author who agrees with me.
I find his technique of interspersing bits of dialogue, etc. What kept me reading was his dystopian vision. His future America is one in which people have become fundamentally disconnected. They have no close relationships, not even with their children or lovers.
The gap between rich and poor has widened to a chasm. This has created a fundamental discontent and anxiety that undercuts everything. It all sounds very familiar. In an isolated California town populated by refugees of a devastating earthquake, Brunner proposes a utopian alternative, a return to a simpler life built on the ideals of community-based living.
The Internet-fueled revolution he posits may come as too pat of an ending, though. LibraryThing member BillHall. To me, from the point of view of speculating about and imagining the future, John Brunner's Shockwave Rider is one of the best Sci-Fi books ever written. I have lived through the computer revolution and have used all generations of the technology from mechanical calculating machines up to today's supercomputers and the World Wide Web.
The book was first published in , a good 15 years before there was even a glimmering of the Web, and yet he got so many things right about the internet revolution and its impact on changing the way people think and relate to technology. In short, it is a tour de force following on from his also outstanding environmentalist books, Stand on Zanzibar exploring consequences of population explosion, and The Sheep Look Up exploring consequences of industrial pollution and global warming.
Brunner was prescient in so many ways I wonder if he wasn't somehow or other a time traveller. LibraryThing member wyvernfriend. This one was a bit of a struggle for me, I really didn't engage with the characters until near the end. I was glad I persevered. The commentary on a government who controlled the ideas of a world and tried to adapt the people to how they wanted them to be instead of letting them live their own lives was compelling and interesting.
The characters were a bit flat but the ideas were good and the resolution was very interesting. Although it was written in the 70's a lot of the predictions aren't that far off. Nickie Halfinger had lived a score of lifetimes but didn't really exist. A fugutive from a secret government agency who had educated him he had broken his code and escaped. His education had prepared him to attack systems but what his controllers didn't realise that they had also created a weapon to destroy them, this is the story of them trying to chase him down to stop him before he forced society to change.
LibraryThing member RandyStafford. My reactions to reading this novel in Spoilers follow. However, I was disappointed with this book on an ideational and literary level. First, this book, like many near-future, cautionary dystopias is a creature of its time.
Brunner seems to have a somewhat tennous idea of how computers and computer programming work though perhaps not much less than cyberpunkist William Gibson who didn't even know disk drives made noise.
On the other hand, this is one of the first sf novels to ever mention computer viruses and almost calls them that but usually tapeworms -- another hacker term but, to my untrained mind, their powers seem a bit excessive. Brunner, like so many writers, seems somewhat content to write nationalism off as a dead force in the future.
Past years have only seen it grow stronger. He also postulates a future with home terminals but not home computers and all their individual, liberating and criminal possibilities.
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