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Interface (original 1994; edition 1995)

by Stephen Bury

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Title:Interface
Authors:Stephen Bury
Info:Bantam (1995), Paperback, 640 pages
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Interface by Neal Stephenson (Author) (1994)

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Political near future sci-fi thriller. Media operator Cy Ogle takes political polling to a new level, using continuous tracking of people's emotions to fine-tune political messages. Add to that the ability to control the messenger (the politician), and he has a powerful mix to serve the interests of the Network. Cory Doctorow's repeated endorsements were what drew me to the book in the first place. Doctorow saw the part about the politician Earl Strong as the prediction of the rise of Donald Trump. I am not so sure, Earl Strong is a minor character in the book, and, unlike Trump, is undone quite quickly in his political ambitions. We could certainly use some real life Eleanor Richmonds, however I doubt that she would have been enough to stop Trump. I liked the book, but would not go so far as Doctorow in calling it a "masterpiece".
  ohernaes | Jul 9, 2016 |
Modern day Manchurin Candidate. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jul 3, 2016 |
You can tell it's Stephenson, as it deals with some of his main concerns, but you can also tell it's early Stephenson. Not as smooth, sleek or brainy as Snow Crash (which actually predates this book, I believe) or The Diamond Age, but a fun, thought-provoking read. ( )
  benjamin.duffy | Jul 28, 2013 |
The president has just announced that he wants to default on the nation's enormous debt, so a huge secret financial syndicate implants a brain control device in a presidential candidate to make sure he wins. Except trying to describe the plot of this book really doesn't do it justice, because it explores a lot of themes - the power of the media to interfere in politics, the power of money, the implications of technology that can work wonders to heal damaged brains... this is part political thriller, part sci-fi, and part satire. The characters are engaging and fun, the story is interesting and thought-provoking in a non-intellectually-taxing mind-candy sort of way, the writing is excellent. This is an all-around entertaining and fun book. ( )
  Gwendydd | May 19, 2013 |
Good stuff--holds up surprisingly well after ~15 years. Especially appropriate now with the election.
However, I got halfway through and realized I'd already read it. I have no idea when.

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  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
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This is one of those books that you return to again and again -- as I have just done, reading all 600+ pages of it in stolen moments over the past few days -- and find something new to like about each time.
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William Anthony Cozzano's office was a scandal.
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From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise.

There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage—an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip implanted in his head hardwires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channeled directly into his brain. Forget issues. Forget policy. Cozzano is more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect.

“Complex, entertaining, frequently funny."—Publishers Weekly

“Qualifies as the sleeper of the year, the rare kind of science-fiction thriller that evokes genuine laughter while simultaneously keeping the level of suspense cranked to the max."— San Diego Union-Tribune
“A Manchurian Candidate for the computer age.” —Seattle Weekly




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