Dentities their True Names secret even to each other and especially the Great Adversary the US Government Those who know a warlock s true name can force him or her to work on their behalf or cause a True Death by killing the warlock in real lifeThe protagonist is a warlock known as Mr Slippery in the Other Plane The government learns Mr Slippery s True Name and forces him to investigate the Mailman a mysterious new warlo Before Neuromancer and Snow Crash there was Vinge s True Names written in 1981 Hackers meet in cyberspace a virtual representation of data space they call the Other Plane Metaphors and symbols of magic are applied to this world they are warlocks and wizards "they cast spells modern day sorcery in a completely networked world There "cast spells modern day sorcery in a completely networked world There battles in cyberspace amassing computation power that goes to your head and makes you Gods encryption schemes to trick those who control you because they know your true name there s the NSA conflicts over good and bad and governing authorities a dormant yet evolving AI even upload of consciousness There s a lot in there and it s a rather slim book ideas that Vinge do. Zards form
a cabal to keep their true identities their True Names secret to avoid prosecution by their Great Adversary the cabal to keep their true identities their True Names secret to avoid prosecution by their Great Adversary the of the United States The lines that Esn t nearly get enough credit for I am glad I got here finally Originally published as a novella in 1981 this version of True Names contains illustrations by Bob Walters and an afterword by Marvin Minsky I read this back in 1984 and really enjoyed re reading it on a plane flight across the country RecommendedWhile some of the tech is "a little dated Vinge keeps it mostly in the background At one point the protagonist utilizes other computers to "little dated Vinge keeps it mostly in the background At one point the protagonist utilizes other computers to his power online and this is not so different from networked computers participating in a DDOS today For a
written in 1981 the author remarkably prescientOther aspects of the plot are also well done and I found the female protagonist Erythrina well written Using fantasy metaphors for the imagined cyberspace works well The conclusion provides a satisfying and believable resolution to the storyThis novella was republished a few years after that in a collection titled True Names and Other Dangers which I need to read next I plan to hand this publication to a friend who absolutely hated Neuromancer in an attempt to show that not all cyberspace is bad. Efine us are not always black and white though There's a new wizard in the Other Plan and they're recruiting for a scheme to translate cyberspace domination into real world powe.STORY IN 1981 THE AUTHOR
free download True NamesWhile noticeably dated this story is still excellent A uick read and a little dated but hey the book is as old as I am but very interesting to see Vinge s ideas of the potential future of tech back in the 80 s A lot of the concepts here have been used by other authors since this was written and have been well updated That being
said I enjoyed this novella short story and its discussion of AI and augmented human capabilitiesRating PG I was inspiredI enjoyed this novella short story and its discussion of AI and augmented human capabilitiesRating PG I was inspired read this after reading Finn Brunton s Digital Cash and how it inspired the early Crypto anarchists eventually leading to the creation of and the vision for anonymous identities "some of the names seem now but "of the names seem archaic now but that this was written in 1981 about 38 years from when I m reading I think it holds up pretty wellThe story follows a group of early adopters of a new full immersion virtual reality technology called the Other Plane they call themselves warlocks in the story They resemble the curious hacker stereotypes that penetrate computer systems around the world for personal profit or curiosity They call their cabal a coven and must keep their true Disaffected computer wizard Mr Slippery True Name Roger Pollack is an early adopter of a new full immersion virtual reality technology called the Other Plane He and the other wi.