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Distributed in a variety of formats such as .pdf and .mobi, books are wads of text intended for educational or entertainment purposes.
Audiobooks (sometimes called Talking Books) are audio files in which a well spoken person reads the book to you, similar to a podcast.
Once upon a time books were distributed physically using dead trees (similar to toilet paper). This is rare now. For a more pleasant reading experience and decreased eye strain, you might look into acquiring an e-reader with an electronic ink display.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
- This novel is set in the far future where a trans-humanist dystopia has replaced the whole of humanity. Human beings are stripped of every shred of individualism, and children are grown in bottles. The population is kept under control using opiate-like drugs known as Soma, and are sent to experience extreme pleasure, such as a social event known as the "Orgy-Porgy". They have replaced religion with a worship for industrialism, and the state-sanctioned deity is Henry Ford (whom they believe to be the same person as Sigmund Freud). It is often compared with Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. This book, the people are controlled using pleasure, and hedonistic conditioning, while in the other they are controlled via fear and force.
- Some trans-humanists are drawn on the nature of the book. Some believe that it is simply a negative, almost propagandist piece on an otherwise Utopian Society, while some believe that it is in-fact a utopia in the point of view of a person who misunderstands. A good article on the first point (it is a negative look at a possible utopia) is Brave New World? A Defense of Paradise-Engineering by David Pearce (2014)
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1948)
- A dystopian novel that tells the history of a society controlled and spied by a person named Big Brother, who may not even exist.
- The Last Question by Isaac Asimov (1956)
- A short-story by prolific writer Isaac Asimov about the evolution of man and a machine named the Multivac. In multiple stages of human history, Humanity has asked the machine the question "Can the workings of the second law of thermodynamics (used in the story as the increase of the entropy of the universe) be reversed?"
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
- A comedy that follows the life of Arthur Dent, the last surviving human followed by the demolition of the planet Earth. It's the first in a series.
- Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)
- One of the first, and widely regarded as the best cyberpunk novels.
- As We May Think by Dr. Vannevar Bush, PhD (1945)
- Dr. Bush was one of the heads of The Manhattan Project. While he was working on this, he wrote this short essay for The Atlantic, proposing that once we re-enter peace time our scientists should create machines that aide the human condition. He proposes the prerequisites for Hypertext, in a fictional machine known as the Memex. it is one of the greatest pieces of literature in the whole history of modern computing.
- Computer Lib/Dream Machines by Ted Nelson (1974)
- In his book Tools for Thought, Howard Rheingold calls Computer Lib "the best-selling underground manifesto of the microcomputer revolution." In Steven Levy's book Hackers, Computer Lib is described as "the epic of the computer revolution, the bible of the hacker dream. The book fundamentally examines the future of Hypertext as an augmentation of Human Intellect
- Exo-Psychology: A Manual on The Use of the Nervous System According to the Instructions of the Manufacturers by Dr. Timothy Leary (1977)
- In this essay, Dr. Timothy Leary attempts to propose a theory of an 8-stage development model for evolution and states that Interstellar Travel will bring us from the 4th stage (the last "Newtonian" stage) into the 5th stage (the first "Quantum"/"Einsteinian" phase).
- Info-Psychology: A Revision on Exo-Psychology by Dr. Timothy Leary (1987)
- A revision on Exo-Psychology which relates to the Authors discovery of cyberspace. The author expands his idea expressed in Exo-Psychology and replaces references of Interstellar Travel with accessing Virtual Worlds.
- Chaos and Cyber Culture by Dr. Timothy Leary (1994).
- The last book by Dr. Timothy Leary, he covers his ideal that the creation of Cyberspace as well as the eventual blurring between virtual and real, will lead to an expansion of the human mind.
- Industrial Society and its Future by Prof. Dr. Ted Kaczynski (1995)
- The "Unabomber Manifesto", it is the Anti-Thesis to the Computer, and a warning as to how we have become slaves to the Computer.
- Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2 by Negativland (1995)
- A book exploring the long and frivolous lawsuit that resulted from the release of Negativland's EP "U2", from U2, Casey Kassem, SST Records, and the music industry as a whole.
- Underground by Drefuss, Suelette (1997)
- Covers the hacker culutre in Melbourne, Australia during the late 80s/early 90s. Much of the research was done by Julian "Mendax" Assange well before his Wikileaks days. Available online for free.
- The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil (1999)
- A trans-humanist book exploring the concept of Artificial Intelegence. Introduces a formalized concept of the "Singularity".
- Free as in Freedom 2.0 by Williams, Sam and Stallman, Richard (2010)
- Biography of Richard Stallman as edited by the man himself. Available online for free.
- Free Software, Free Society by Stallman, Richard (2010)
- A collection of essays by Stallman covering a variety of topics around free software. Available for free from the Free Software Foundation.
- The Erotic Engine by Patchen Barss (2010)
- A book that proposes that the development of Contemporary Mass-Communication has a secret history of pornographers, which aided in the development of the systems.
- Cypherpunks by Assange, Julian with Applebaum, Jacob, Muller-Maguhn, Andy and Zimmerman, Jeremie (2012).
- A discussion of computer security in contrast to traditional government and law enforcement with a focus on publicly available cryptography as a game-changer.
- We Are Anonymous by Olson, Parmy (2012)
- History of LulzSec, with the Stratfor and HBGary hacks and a brief history of 4chan. Audiobook available.
- You are Not So Smart by McRaney, David (2012)
- 46 ways your lizard brain messes with your INTJ master race brain. Explains many internet discussion phenomenon. Audiobook exists.
- No Place to Hide by Greenwald, Glenn (2014)
- Inside the Snowden files and the story of their disclosure.
- When Google Met Wikileaks by Assange, Julian (2014)
- Deconstructs a meeting between Assange and Eric Schmidt and discusses possible wider motives which Google could be pursuing.
- Learning the Art of Electronics by Thomas C Hayes (2016)
- This book is a basic primer to EE, and basic Electronics
Magazines were similar to books, but lighter. They often comprised of many short articles which spanned only a page or two out of a 50-100 page magazine. They were distributed weekly or monthly and would often include sections such as "news" and "letters to the editor". It was possible to "subscribe" to a magazine, where a subscriber would pay for a year's worth of magazines in advance and have them home delivered.
Magazines were replaced by websites and comment sections on the web. They have died a very slow death, relying on technological illiterates to continue buying them.
Some magazines still exist in an online-only format, but tend to update daily rather than weekly/monthy and are "magazines" in name only.
- The MagPi (2012 - ongoing)
- A monthly zine about the Raspberry Pi which includes news, projects and code snippets. Available free from the MagPi website.
- Wired Magazine (1993 - present)
- Previously the best magazine for tech people by tech people, it had a sharp decline in the mid-2000's and is now mostly an advertiser's shitposting medium. The Wired website is better than the print publication.
- Commodore User (CU) (1983 - 1990)
- One of the longest running tech magazines, CU was a magazine for Commodore users. It specialized in Games, upcoming systems, and had large amounts of user submitted articles. A short-lived spin-off was created in the 1990's, named CU Amiga, and was solely for Amiga users.
- Modo 2000 (1984-1998, 2017)
- A publication for the Techno-Futurist and cyberpunk. Created by R. U. Sirius, it was one of the most shared underground print-magazines of the time.
Main Article: Zine
- Phrack (1985-Present)
- Phrack is one of the oldest E-Zines still being published. It has hacking tips and various phreaking tips as well.