Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash is an interesting science fiction story about a swordfighting hacker working as a freelance information gatherer in a over-commercialized, dystopian future society ruled by commercial and criminal franchise operations (like "Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong" and "The Mafia" (marketed with friendly Uncle Enzo as the saviour of modern society)).
Although sometimes slightly over the tech-overdose level (I'm a techie myself, but metaphors a la "operating systems of society" sometimes go too far) it presents an intriguing plot mixing religious, commercial and Goverment conspiracies.
If you have no interests in computers what so ever, stay away - this book was unfortunately not written for you. If you are interested in an alternative outlook on what a "3D Internet" may look like in an alternative future, check it out...
Anders Jacobsen |