- Bibliothekseinband: 223 Seiten
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1435292677
- ISBN-13: 978-1435292673
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 14 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.497.658 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Eastern Standard Tribe (Englisch) Bibliothekseinband – 29. Mai 2008
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Praise for EASTERN STANDARD TRIBE: 'Utterly contemporary and deeply peculiar - a hard combination to beat (or, these days, to find).' William Gibson 'Artful and confident... Like William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, Doctorow has discovered that the present world is science fiction, if you look at it from the right angle' Vancouver Sun 'A witty, sometimes acerbic poke in the eye at modern culture' Locus Praise for Cory Doctorow: 'Fresh and full of thought-provoking ideas, a book about tomorrow that demands to be read now.' The Times 'I'd recommend 'Little Brother' over pretty much any book I've read this year. Because I think it'll change lives. It's a wonderful, important book' Neil Gaiman 'A glorious book unlike any book you've ever read' Gene Wolfe 'A cracking read' Guardian -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Little Brother. He has won the Locus Award for his fiction three times, been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula, and is the only author to have won both the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Campbell Award for best SF Novel of the Year. He is the co-editor of BoingBoing.net, writes columns for Make, Information Week, the Guardian online and Locus and has been named one of the internet's top 25 influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Cory Doctorow lives in London with his wife and daughter. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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Die Beschreibung der Welt und der Internetkultur ist dabei überaus gelungen: Sie ist witzig, sie ist glaubhaft und es sind viele guten Ideen in dem Buch. Mich erinnert dieser Aspekt ein bisschen an Charles Stross - Bücher wie "Halting State", wenn auch witziger. Die Geschichte selbst ist unterhaltsam, wenn auch nicht mehr. Das Hauptproblem ist, dass man recht schnell weiß, worauf alles hinausläuft und man die Rückblenden eigentlich nur hinter sich haben will, um zu sehen, wie es mit Art nun weitergeht.
Überhaupt: Das Buch ist kurz - Meine Ausgabe erzählt die Geschichte auf 220 Seiten mit großer Schrift und großem Zeilenabstand. Dadurch können sich die Ideen nicht so schön entwickeln und die Auflösung kommt etwas überhastet daher. Das ist schade, denn Stil, Welt und Ideen sind durchaus lesenswert. Nach der Lektüre habe ich jedenfalls lust bekommen, sein längeres "Down iand out in the Magic Kingdom" zu lesen.
Wer also originelle Visionen der nahen Zukunft mag, und wem nicht stört, dass er ein Buch in einem Tag durchlesen kann, dem sei Eastern Standard Tribe durchaus ans Herz gelegt.
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While Art is in London working for one company, he is actually an agent for the EST and trying to undermine the company's success as well as the standing of other tribes. All seems to be progressing well until he is involved in an automobile accident. He hits a pedestrian, Linda, and they both end up in the same hospital room. From that point on, their paths cross and intersect as they build a personal relationship. This turns out to be a major complication in his line of business.
Our book club had a lively conversation of this book. The concept of aligning yourself with people from different time zones was a bit far fetched. Yes, we admit that it does happen for the purpose of work meeting with distant staff and for online game playing, but to live your whole life with a shifted internal clock, nope, we didn't buy it. Only exception I came up with was those scientists studying the Mars Rover who set their hours by Mars time.
How widespread are these tribes. We all got the impression that it was not a global phenomenon, rather small groups of dissatisfied people who had banded together. Outside of these groups, the general population hadn't heard of them. One of the doctors in the hospital has no idea what Art was referring to. This brought us to question whether Art really did belong in the psychiatric hospital. oops, I didn't tell you about that, you'll have to read and find out how and why that happened. If he wasn't crazy, then was he just suffering the effects of resetting his internal clock due to his overseas travel.
This was another enjoyable book by Cory Doctorow, though I would have liked if the final chapters had been expanded. It seemed a rushed, that the developments could have been explored in more detail.
This theme of involuntary institutionalization struck a chord with me. It reminded me of the work of Thomas Szasz , who wrote The Myth of Mental Illnessand many other works, and Jeffrey Schaler, author of Addiction is a Choice. These two psychologists have written prolifically and profoundly against involuntary institutionalization. Art experiences the dilemma of involuntary institutionalization: there is no practical way to prove that one is not insane. While in the mental hospital, Art is kept drugged up and can't properly prove his sanity. Doctorow doesn't explicitly address this issue, per se, but the novel raises the question in an interesting way. The story starts with Art in the hospital, being driven crazy trying to prove that he's not crazy, then moves backwards to piece together how he got there.
Art provides the sci-fi requisite 3 patentable ideas himself. He is a user experience (UE) engineer, a phrase I was not previously familiar with. I thought it might originate with Doctorow. A Google search brings lots of hits, though. Apparently the concept, more commonly abbreviated UX or UXD (for user experience design), originated with Dr. Donald Norman, who expounded on UX in books such as User Centered System Design and Living with Complexity. Doctorow never explicitly references Norman, as best I can remember, but he fleshes out Norman's ideas through Art's work.
This is a fun, quick read, with some great ideas and surprises.
In a 24-hour, instant communication world the need for sleep is the only thing that hasn't changed. The world is splintering into tribes based on time zones; those in other time zones will be at lunch or sleeping when you need them. Only those in your own time zone can be depended upon.
Art lives in London, and he works for a European telecommunications mega-corporation. His "real job" is to make life as difficult as possible for those in the Greenwich Mean Tribe by inserting user-hostile software wherever he can. Of course, other tribes are doing the same thing to Art's "home tribe," the Eastern Standard Tribe.
Art is also working on managing data flow along the Massachusetts Turnpike. Most cars have some sort of onboard computer on which songs are stored, sometimes tens of thousands of songs. Art comes up with a system for wireless transfer of songs between cars, while they are driving on the Mass Pike. Art's business partner, Fede, sends him to Boston to sign an agreement selling the system to a local company. After several days of being told to wait, while "details" are being finalized, Art realizes that he is being screwed by Fede, and Art's girlfriend, Linda. The two met when Art hit her with his car in London. That is how Art finds himself on the roof of a forty-floor insane asylum near Boston; Fede and Linda had him committed there.
As with any Doctorow novel, this book is full of interesting ideas. It's easy to read, very plausible and very much recommended.