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Cybermind Novel

Cybermind Novel

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This book is a novel written by members of the Cybermind Mailing list, in one month and lightly edited by Jon Marshall. As such it is something of a confused melange of styles: "Cyberpunk-fantasy-new-age-airport-trash meets the Cthulhu mythos and Internet or media theory". The book wonders about internet life, the merging of the 'virtual' with the 'real', and their mutual transformation, within the framework of a seat of the pants adventure story - no writer quite knew what was going to come next. Day to day messages, social processes, and list history became incorporated and transmuted into the fiction. The book uses a number of concretised metaphors to make reflections about online life and its both alien and normal quality. Generous people might see it as 'ficto-criticism', others might see it as science fantasy, still others as an ethnographic document. Perhaps it is unique.

However, people are warned this is self published; it is not vetted by a professional editor, and contributors did not have to pass any barriers other than being willing to participate. However, that might sometimes be a virtue.
This book is a novel written by members of the Cybermind Mailing list, in one month and lightly edited by Jon Marshall. As such it is something of a confused melange of styles: "Cyberpunk-fantasy-new-age-airport-trash meets the Cthulhu mythos and Internet or media theory". The book wonders about internet life, the merging of the 'virtual' with the 'real', and their mutual transformation, within the framework of a seat of the pants adventure story - no writer quite knew what was going to come next. Day to day messages, social processes, and list history became incorporated and transmuted into the fiction. The book uses a number of concretised metaphors to make reflections about online life and its both alien and normal quality. Generous people might see it as 'ficto-criticism', others might see it as science fantasy, still others as an ethnographic document. Perhaps it is unique.

However, people are warned this is self published; it is not vetted by a professional editor, and contributors did not have to pass any barriers other than being willing to participate. However, that might sometimes be a virtue.

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Published by: jmarshal6342 on Jan 12, 2010
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 TheGreat Cybermind Novel
‘Blaze Rosewood’or
Elizabeth BarretteBazza Badrock Linda HeadRobert KezelisKathryn KoromilasJukka LehmusJon MarshallMaurizio MariottiSkip Mendler Dian Sandefur Plus the rest of the Cybermind Mailing ListEdited byJon Marshall
 
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First Printed 2008Alchemical Elephant PressSydney, AustraliaVia Lulu.comSee Website:
http://www.geocities.com/jpmarshall.geo/cybermind/
 
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Chapter 1
It was a dark and stormy night. The surge protectors wereworking overtime as Clara Helio prowled the Internet and thePentagon security cameras, searching hard for the terroristwho threatened to destroy the whole world and plunge it in tothe darkest of nightmares.Alaain Current, the guerilla poet and theorist, had merged the biological with the spiritual with the social with the wires of the world’s communication systems. All he needed to do wasto release his virus in the right place at the right time, whenthe stars came into their courses, and the world would become what he called Cybermind.Cybermind! Clara shuddered at the thought. She had spentthe last two months lurking on that on an internet mailing listwith that name. It had seemed occupied only by thoselamenting their pathetic love lives, or making sexual one-liners or far fetched political rants criticising the GreatLeader. Slowly however she had come to realise the foulundercurrents of this nihilist underworld. Current’scoruscating mix of midrashic Chinese verse and obscenemonologues interspersed with fragments of some bizarrecomputer code, had taken on the patina of some channelledversion of the fabled and dread Al-Azif.It was almost inconceivable that such a bunch of hopelesswhining intellectuals would come to anything, let alone posethe greatest danger to civilisation the world had ever seen, but slowly Clara had pieced it all together, and it had left her  breathless. Tonight, Current acting alone would attempt to penetrate the Pentagon and set off the virus, using the building’s own shape to attack its foundations and the veryfoundations of the world. Clara’s attempts to point out thethreat to her superiors – the legendary ‘floor 13’ – had failed.They had politely suggested that she take a holiday and,when she refused, had insisted firmly taking no contradiction.

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