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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  14 reviews
«Una storia che ti colpisce in modo assoluto… uno dei pezzi di fiction più eccitante che abbia letto negli ultimi anni».
[Cory Doctorow]

Una novelette di Paul Di Filippo

«1.Ecco a voi Russ Reynolds

Piacere, Russ Reynolds. Forse ricorderete il mio nome dai tre giorni in cui fui a capo della nazione. Ci siamo divertiti, quella volta, eh? Chiedo scusa per avere scatenato una guer
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Paul Di Filippo immagina il mondo gestito come se fosse una wiki, e viene naturalmente da sorridere quando si pensa che il futuro scelto per questa ambientazione sia la Terra sommersa dalle acque a causa dello scioglimento dei ghiacciai.
Si tratta di un racconto molto divertente: la storia del breve disastroso governo di Russ Reynolds è un espediente per esplorare un mondo in cui le persone, per lo più sempre connesse alla rete (l'ubik), vivono contemporaneamente nella realtà materiale e in quell
Luca Conti
curioso quanto futuristico. Le trovate si susseguono una dopo l’altra in questo mondo in cui reale e virtuale si mescolano indistintamente o quasi. La democrazia via wiki, in cui ogni cittadino è chiamato a votare dal locale al nazionale, su proposte che si susseguono vorticosamente. Un mondo in cui la rete di relazioni è potenziata da un collegamento (neuronale?) a ubik (Internet?), grazie al quale si possono recuperare informazioni sulle altre persone, da database pubblici, in tempo reale.

Le p
In un mondo dove anche i vermi puntano alla globalizzazione e si diventa Presidente degli United Wikies of America per vendetta, l'unica ad aver ancora un po' di buon senso, inascoltato, sembra essere l'hacker di ostriche. Divertente!
Antonella Sbriccoli
Un mondo futuro, ma non troppo, dove l'utilitarismo è alla base di qualsiasi scelta, in cui si può vivere anche vendendo i reperti del nostro mondo, sommerso dall'acqua: in fondo, ciò che fa già la mia amica che svuota cantine e vende ciò che trova (anche dei bellissimi libri).

La cosa più bella, però, sarebbe avere il momgra sempre con sé, come il protagonista:

"Cosa significa momgra, papà"?
"Un momento di grazia, una piccola vittoria sull'entropia".
"Momgra è qualunque tesoro venga salvato s
Christopher Murphy
An excellent guess at how wiki technologies and collaborative practices subvert other systems. Definitely worth a read. There's an abrupt ending (it is a short story after all) but it works perfectly and is very nerdly satisfying.
Letizia Sechi
"Quando i venezuelani misero fuori uso i nostri futon ad acqua, e noi mandammo in tilt i loro giocattoli erotici, la guerra commerciale si era ormai tramutata in una pericolosa farsa.


“E va bene, bastardo, hai vinto tu. Siamo pronti a trattare.” Gli rivolsi un sorriso raggiante. “Prima però voglio sapere qual è stata l’ultima goccia. I giocattoli erotici, vero?” Si rifiutò di rispondere, ma sapevo di averci azzeccato."

L'amico che mi ha consigliato Wikiworld di Paul Di Filippo mi ha detto "lu
Letizia Sechi
"By the time the Venezuelans took our squirm futons offline, and we shut down all their sex toys, the trade war had devolved into a dangerous farce.


“All right, you bastard, you win! Let’s talk.” I smiled as big as I could. “Tell me first, what was the final straw? It was the sex toys, wasn’t it?” He wouldn’t answer, but I knew I was right."

The friend of mine who recommended me to read Wikiworld by Paul Di Filippo told me "he demystifys and he puts everything into farce". I always loved demy
John G
The Short Stories

“PROVIDENCE” Anthropomorphic robots with mildly funny dialog. Quasi-clever word plays on todays tech terms. Not my favourite. Kitch and Reddy are not very likeable. Maybe a bit too cute.

“ARGUS BLINKED” The sentience achieved by an archival all world sensory system is discovered, supposedly in an ironical fashion. The narrator is then scared of the system. Seems dated to me. It would have been interesting to find out how ARGUS collected auditory and visual data from the human
Immensely enjoyable! Each story was a duds in this collection! That said, I wondered how fulfilling, even comprehensible, this book would be outside the circle of readers that already love di Filipo and Rudy Rucker, the Sterling/Stephenson/Gibson triumvirate, Charles Stross, Paulo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow and a few others. His writing assumes a base knowledge and he doesn't deign to explain for the layman who has, perhaps, NOT spent the last 20 years thinking HARD about the future. The ...more
If I may paraphrase The Who, Paul Di Filippo will take your mind where minds don't usually go. Don't expect conventional science fiction when you read these stories. Prepare to have you mind fucked. This is amazing stuff!
Nice, clever short story that follows the basic tenets of science fiction: pick a current trend and extrapolate it.
Problem is, as clever as the story is, not sure how well it will age, as some of the basic references and ideas could/will mutate quickly and lose all their meaning. For example, the currency is the linden, which was the currency in Second Life (currency that could be purchased with real money and which had an actual exchange rate). Second Life is almost dead and, unless you were re
Franco Vite
Era un po' che non mi dilettavo con un po' di sano cyberpunk. E cosa trovare di meglio che De Filippo, mastro del genere, fantasia a gogo, leggerezza (che non è superficialità, anzi) ed acume? Il tutto in bel racconto lungo dal prezzo corto.
Un mondo deteritorializzato in cui tutti sono collegati 24x24 alla rete via sottocutanea può succedere di tutto. Un tutto allegro, alla fine, anche una gurra commerciale con il dominante Sud America ... ;-)
Jay Daze
My first e-read (on my cell phone). A funny sf economic organization story with echoes of Bruce Sterling (or does Sterling echo Di Filippo?). Never-the-less I haven't enjoyed something cyber-punky in a long while and this has the spirit and none of the arrogant young pricks who usually accompany it.
Andy Tischaefer
Short story. Interesting concept, roughly similar to what Cory Doctorow outlined in "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom". I liked it, I don't know that I was knocked out by it.
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“Gaia giveth even as she taketh away.

The warming of the global climate over the past century had melted permafrost and glaciers, shifted rainfall patterns, altered animal migratory routes, disrupted agriculture, drowned cities, and similarly necessitated a thousand thousand adjustments, recalibrations and hasty retreats. But humanity's unintentional experiment with the biosphere had also brought some benefits.

Now we could grow oysters in New England.

Six hundred years ago, oysters flourished as far north as the Hudson. Native Americans had accumulated vast middens of shells on the shores of what would become Manhattan. Then, prior to the industrial age, there was a small climate shift, and oysters vanished from those waters.

Now, however, the tasty bivalves were back, their range extending almost to Maine.

The commercial beds of the Cape Cod Archipelago produced shellfish as good as any from the heyday of Chesapeake Bay. Several large wikis maintained, regulated and harvested these beds, constituting a large share of the local economy.

But as anyone might have predicted, wherever a natural resource existed, sprawling and hard of defense, poachers would be found.”
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