The Cybergypsies: A True Tale of Lust, War, and Betrayal on the Electronic Frontier

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Viking, 1999 - Computers - 394 pages
Whatever you have heard, read, or fantasized about the Internet, the truth is stranger, funnier, more horrifying. Along the invisible pathways of the technonight wanders a strange tribe undetected by the millions of everyday net users. Some cybergypsies are geeks, technoanarchists who swap computer viruses like baseball cards. But most are seemingly ordinary people, bankers, lawyers, police officers, who at night assume strange identities and engage in weird mind-twisting games, getting their thrills from virtual sex, violence, and even cannibalism. Games leak into their real lives, often with disastrous results.

The Cybergypsies is the story of "Bear, " an advertising writer with a wife, children, and a rambling house in the English countryside, who's about to sacrifice everything to his addiction. Bear's real and imaginary lives fuse in a series of bizarre (and often hilarious) adventures. Phantasmagoric tragedies are woven into the dark patterns of his life, building to a personal moral crisis. As the net closes in on him, Bear makes one last desperate attempt to save his marriage.

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THE CYBERGYPSIES: A True Tale of Lust, War, and Betrayal on the Electronic Frontier

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A strangely fascinating exploration of the dark side of cyberspace, where virus writers, porno peddlers, and fantasy game fanatics have created an anarchic subculture that blurs reality and ... Read full review

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From its opening lines, the heart of this cybertale of online addiction becomes immediately apparent--and therein lies the strength of Sinha's dark, impressionistic look at the more dangerous side ... Read full review


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Indra Sinha was born in India and educated at Mayo College, Rajasthan, and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He lives in Sussex, England, and is a full-time writer.

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