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Where Wizards Stay Up Late

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Where Wizards Stay Up Late

The Origins of the Internet

By Katie Hafner

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780684832678, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 21, 1998

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Description
Twenty five years ago, it didn't exist. Today, twenty million people worldwide are surfing the Net. Where Wizards Stay Up Late is the exciting story of the pioneers responsible for creating the most talked about, most influential, and most far-reaching communications breakthrough since the invention of the telephone.
In the 1960's, when computers where regarded as mere giant calculators, J.C.R. Licklider at MIT saw them as the ultimate communications devices. With Defense Department funds, he and a band of visionary computer whizzes began work on a nationwide, interlocking network of computers. Taking readers behind the scenes, Where Wizards Stay Up Late captures the hard work, genius, and happy accidents of their daring, stunningly successful venture.


About the Author
Katie Hafner is a technology correspondent at Newsweek and coauthor of Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier. Matthew Lyon and Katie Hafner are married and live in the San Francisco Bay area.


Praise For Where Wizards Stay Up Late

David Plotnikoff

San Jose Mercury News
The book, almost certainly destined to be the definitive work on the birth and early years of the Internet, is sweeping in scope....Whoever chooses to write the next chapter in the saga...has a tough act to follow.


Daniel Akst

Los Angeles Times
Important...meticulous...admirably straightforward.


Lars Eighner

The Texas Observer
In all the dreck and dross of Internet books, here is a brilliant gem...remarkably well written.


Mark Baechtel

The Washington Post
Excellent...makes for crackling entertainment...reawakens a sense of wonder in readers jaded by too much Internet hype.


Richard Bernstein

The New York Times Book Review
If you always wanted to know who put the 'at' sign in your E-mail address, then Where Wizards Stay Up Late is the book for you.

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