Microserfs

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Harper Collins, May 30, 1996 - Fiction - 371 pages
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Narrated in the form of a Powerbook entry by Dan Underwood, a computer programmer for Microsoft, this state-of-the-art novel about life in the '90s follows the adventures of six code-crunching computer whizzes. Known as "microserfs," they spend upward of 16 hours a day "coding" (writing software) as they eat "flat" foods (such as Kraft singles, which can be passed underneath closed doors) and fearfully scan the company email to see what the great Bill might be thinking and whether he is going to "flame" one of them.

Seizing the chance to be innovators instead of cogs in the Microsoft machine, this intrepid bunch strike out on their own to form a high-tech start-up company named Oop! in Silicon Valley. Living together in a sort of digital flophouse --"Our House of Wayward Mobility" -- they desperately try to cultivate well-rounded lives and find love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz of their computer-driven world.

Funny, illuminating and ultimately touching, Microserfs is the story of one generation's very strange and claustrophobic coming of age.

 

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The fun in this abridged audiobook is in the author's (Life After God, Audio Reviews, LJ 6/1/94) penchant for linking together strings of descriptive 1990s pop culture icons and cyberterms in single ... Read full review

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From the author of the sneak hit Generation X (St. Martin's, 1991) comes a look at some stressed-out Generation X employees at Microsoft. Read full review

Contents

Oop
43
Interiority
107
FaceTime
173
5
182
TrekPolitiks
223
6
239
Chyx
285
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Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, including Generation X and Microserfs, and several works of nonfiction, including Polaroids from the Dead. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

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