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Isole nella rete (1988)

di Bruce Sterling

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In a near-future new age of corporate control, hacker mercenaries, and electronic terrorism, a public relations executive on the rise finds herself caught in the violent epicenter of a data war Two decades into the twenty-first century, the world's nations are becoming irrelevant. Corporations are the true global powers, with information the most valuable currency, while the smaller island nations have become sanctuaries for data pirates and terrorists. A globe-trotting PR executive for the large corporate economic democracy Rizome Industries Group, Laura Webster is present when a foreign representative is assassinated on Rizome soil during a conference for offshore data havens. Dispatched immediately on an international mission of diplomacy, Laura hopes she can make a difference in a volatile, unsteady world, but instead finds herself trapped on the front lines of rapidly escalating third-world hostilities and caught up in an inescapable net of conspiracy, terrorism, post-millennial voodoo, and electronic warfare. During the 1980s, science fiction luminary Bruce Sterling envisioned the future . . . and hit it almost dead-on. The author who, along with William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and Rudy Rucker, helped create and define the cyberpunk subgenre imagines a world of tomorrow in Islands in the Net that bears a striking--and disturbing--resemblance to our present-day information-age reality. Nominated for the Hugo and Locus Awards and winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Sterling's extraordinary novel is a gripping, eye-opening, and remarkably prescient science fiction classic.… (altro)
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This was an interesting reading experience for me. Bruce Sterling published this novel in 1988 with the setting in the early 2020s which is when I read it (2022). As a result, much of the “science fiction” has become reality and so the novel read to me like a thriller rather than a science fiction novel. Which was fine once I realized this was the situation. As someone wrote over in the Sci Fi community of LibraryThing my expectation of the novel being science fiction was the paratext that I brought to the book as a reader. Once I adjusted my paratext to a thriller, I enjoyed the novel just fine. What I found interesting is that the heroine is works for a multinational collective that uses the language of being a benign helpful entity, yet is still looking for the angle in which to make a profit. So I wonder if Sterling did not write a hidden subtext that perhaps the “good guys” and the “bad guys” are not as black and white as initially written. It reminded a little of The Business by Iain Banks which was written a decade after Islands In The Net. Did Sterling’s novel influence Banks?

I like this rating system by ashleytylerjohn of LibraryThing (https://www.librarything.com/profile/ashleytylerjohn) that I have also adopted:
(Note: 5 stars = rare and amazing, 4 = quite good book, 3 = a decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful.) ( )
  Neil_Luvs_Books | Jan 4, 2022 |
Ho letto questo libro alla fine dell'estate del 2001 e l'ho terminato 6 giorni prima dell'11 settembre. Nella settimana che seguì all'attacco al World Trade Center, moltissimi avvenimenti internazionali mi convinsero che il lungo libro che avevo appena finito di leggere non era un libro di fantascienza come invece era scritto nel retro copertina, ma una vera e propria analisi geopolitica di ciò che stava succedendo in quei giorni... Certo, l'equivoco era comprensibile perché questo romanzo fu scritto nel 88 e molte delle cose che erano descritte, all'epoca, erano veramente fantascientifiche..ma non all'inizio del XXI secolo. Sterling aveva previsto tutto e lo aveva messo nero su bianco... Isole nella rete è un libro da leggere assolutamente se si vuole capire cosa diavolo sta succedendo oggi al mondo!
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  JoeProtagoras | Jan 28, 2021 |
I grew up knowing that this was supposed to be a great cyberpunk novel right in the heart of the genre as it was a few years after [b:Neuromancer|22328|Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)|William Gibson|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1167348726s/22328.jpg|909457], and I did eventually get around to reading his novel with William Gibson, [b:The Difference Engine|337116|The Difference Engine |William Gibson|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1327891675s/337116.jpg|1806578], which was pretty much a steampunk novel.

Other than that, I kept berating myself that I'd never gone back and read what should have been a staple of the genre.

So what did I think?

He was well ahead of the curve when it came to predicting the future, pretty much nailing the EU, data havens and digital currency well back in the mid eighties. Back closer to that time, I'd probably be glorifying this novel as a predictive masterpiece.

Unfortunately, the story isn't strong enough to carry us through what is apparently our new norm.

It's great to read this novel from an archeological standpoint, seeing just how much he predicted that had come true, but beyond that it was just okay. Topless women and exploding buildings was pretty much the high-action points, imho. There really could have been some better character exploration and more interesting plots. That's pretty much the worst I can say about it. The tech seemed modern TODAY even though we're 30 years ahead from when it was written.

That's impressive as all hell. I could even trace a lot of the great elements that Neal Stephenson wrote about in [b:Cryptonomicon|816|Cryptonomicon|Neal Stephenson|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1327931476s/816.jpg|1166797] a good fifteen years past this book. I wanted to applaud. But unfortunately, great ideas and a great heritage doesn't always prove to be a timeless classic, and that's a real shame.

I could see the outline of something that might have been a timeless classic. It's just a shame that it didn't make it. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Wow! I love Bruce's shorter fiction, but sometimes don't like his novels. I loved The Caryatids, and I loved this.

Net-burned! I wish this word was in wider usage! ( )
  adamwolf | Jan 4, 2017 |
citam srpski prevod koji je objavljen u ediciji "Znaku Sagite" broj 19


  ivanmilke | Nov 19, 2014 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Bruce Sterlingautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Bolognese, DonImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Brolli, DanielePrefazioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Carlotti, GiancarloTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Cicchetti, BernardoTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Royo, LuisImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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In a near-future new age of corporate control, hacker mercenaries, and electronic terrorism, a public relations executive on the rise finds herself caught in the violent epicenter of a data war Two decades into the twenty-first century, the world's nations are becoming irrelevant. Corporations are the true global powers, with information the most valuable currency, while the smaller island nations have become sanctuaries for data pirates and terrorists. A globe-trotting PR executive for the large corporate economic democracy Rizome Industries Group, Laura Webster is present when a foreign representative is assassinated on Rizome soil during a conference for offshore data havens. Dispatched immediately on an international mission of diplomacy, Laura hopes she can make a difference in a volatile, unsteady world, but instead finds herself trapped on the front lines of rapidly escalating third-world hostilities and caught up in an inescapable net of conspiracy, terrorism, post-millennial voodoo, and electronic warfare. During the 1980s, science fiction luminary Bruce Sterling envisioned the future . . . and hit it almost dead-on. The author who, along with William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and Rudy Rucker, helped create and define the cyberpunk subgenre imagines a world of tomorrow in Islands in the Net that bears a striking--and disturbing--resemblance to our present-day information-age reality. Nominated for the Hugo and Locus Awards and winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Sterling's extraordinary novel is a gripping, eye-opening, and remarkably prescient science fiction classic.

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