Stephenson, Neal, IN THE BEGINNING ... WAS THE COMMAND LINE
Stephenson, Neal. IN THE BEGINNING ... WAS THE COMMAND LINE (sic on caps). New York: Avon, 1999.
The author of [Snow Crash]] and Cryptonomicon (q.v.) pushing Linux and, to a lesser extent, BeOs—computer operating systems—and along the way discussing the Graphical User Interface (GUI) on Macintoshes and Microsoft Windows as yet another level of mediation between human beings and our world. Also covers the GUI as a system of metaphors. See for analogs IRL to the VR worlds of cyberpunk/cyberspace fiction. For this text on-line: [http:] or