Circuits of the Wind: A Legend of the Net Age, Volume 1

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Confiteor Media, 2011 - Cyberspace - 669 pages
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"Stutz writes with a grandness that exceeds the deadpan expectations that are associated with his generation of writers ... with all the grandeur of the influential [F. Scott] Fitzgerald himself." -- Kilimanjaro magazine

"Michael Stutz has created the Everyman of our wired age." -- Tony D'Souza, author of Whiteman, The Konkans, and Mule, which has been optioned for film by Warner Bros.

"It is an education into the net-dominated world we live in and likely to be a classic.." -- author Debbie A. Heaton



The Internet is everywhere now, but Ray Valentine saw it first explode.

Circuits of the Wind is the story of Ray's quest to find himself as he grows up wandering the computer underground-the wild, global outback that existed before the net went mainstream. How else does an end-of-century slacker reach out to the world from Sohola, that northern state that's a little more Midwest than it is New England? The net holds the key to what he's after-but even as he pioneers this virtual world, the veneer of his real life begins to crack.

VOLUME ONE of the Circuits of the Wind trilogy follows a young Raymond from his his '70s childhood-and first gropings with the telephone-to the home computers and bulletin boards of the '80s, where he leads a double life as a wanderer of the wires. But when even his virtual best friend unplugs, Raymond might have to leave it, too-because isn't real life supposed to be offline?

"Circuits of the Wind is a very entertaining and thoughtful book on the impact of a new communication and thinking on a generation. Academics may be studying this book in the future. It's ours now to read and enjoy!" -- David Bischoff, author of WarGames

"A coming of age tale of the early internet and the impact on an unsuspecting world, Circuits of the Wind provides a very human story set on a backdrop of technology few truly understand, very much recommended." -- Midwest Book Review

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About the author (2011)

MICHAEL STUTZ coined the phrase "net generation" while working as a reporter for Wired News-and in the early 1990s kicked off the Wikipedia era by being the first to take "open source" beyond software. He lives in Space Age Central, the former home of the NASA rocket scientist who planned the Apollo Project.

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