Product description: A hacker is transported into a computer where he must fight for his life against the Master Control system. The hacker teams up with a bookkeeping program and his girlfriend to try to replace Master Control with Tron.
Excerpt from a review of Tron (1982) by Roger Ebert, January 1, 1982 from rogerebert.com
The interior of a computer is a fine and private place, but none, I fear, do there embrace, except in "Tron," a dazzling movie from Walt Disney in which computers have been used to make themselves romantic and glamorous. Here's a technological sound-and-light show that is sensational and brainy, stylish, and fun.
The movie addresses itself without apology to the computer generation, embracing the imagery of those arcade video games that parents fear are rotting the minds of their children. If you've never played Pac-Man or Space Invaders or the Tron game itself, you probably are not quite ready to see this movie, which begins with an evil bureaucrat stealing computer programs to make himself look good, and then enters the very mind of a computer itself to engage the villain, the hero, and several highly programmable bystanders in a war of the wills that is governed by the rules of both video games and computer programs.
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Book description from P.  of cover: It starts with Software, where rebel robots bring immortality to their human creator by eating his brain. In Wetware, the robots decide to start building people, and people get strung out on an insane new drug called merge. By Freeware, the robots have evolved into soft plastic slugs called moldies and some human "cheeseballs" want to have sex with them. The action redoubles when aliens begin arriving in the form of cosmic rays. And with Realware, the humans and robots reach a higher plateau.
The four books of the series are in this one volume.
Book description: A robot with learning capabilities, Roderick, who was educated by watching television, is adopted by an elderly couple in Kansas and tries to adjust to American society, in an omnibus edition that includes Roderick and Roderick at Random.
Product description: In 2029, the ruling giant super-computer, Skynet, sends an indestructible cyborg, a Terminator, back in time to 1984 to kill a woman, Sarah Connor, whose unborn son will become mankind's only hope.
Review summary by Hal Erickson, Rovi , nytimes.com
Endlessly imitated, The Terminator made the reputation of cowriter/director James Cameron -- who would go on to make 1997's titanic Titanic -- and solidified the stardom of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie begins in a post-apocalyptic 2029, when Los Angeles has been largely reduced to rubble and is under the thumb of all-powerful ruling machines. Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), a member of the human resistance movement, is teleported back to 1984. His purpose: to rescue Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the mother of the man who will lead the 21st-century rebels against the tyrannical machines, from being assassinated before she can give birth. Likewise thrust back to 1984 is The Terminator (Schwarzenegger), a grim, well-armed, virtually indestructable cyborg who has been programmed to eliminate Sarah Connor. After killing two "Sarah Connors" who turn out to be the wrong women, he finally aims his gunsights at the genuine article. This is the film in which Schwarzenegger declared "I'll be baaaack" -- and back he was, in "kinder and gentler" form, in the even more successful Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
Source of review: NY Times - http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/49101/The-Terminator/overview
Book description: A veteran of years of simulated war games, Ender believes he is engaged in one more computer war game when in truth he is commanding the last fleet of Earth against an alien race seeking the complete destruction of Earth.
Book description: Best-known for his seminal sf novel Neuromancer, William Gibson is actually best when writing short fiction. Tautly-written and suspenseful, Burning Chrome collects 10 of his best short stories with a preface from Bruce Sterling, now available for the first time in trade paperback. These brilliant, high-resolution stories show Gibson's characters and intensely-realized worlds at his absolute best, from the chip-enhanced couriers of "Johnny Mnemonic" to the street-tech melancholy of "Burning Chrome."
Book description: In the violent, decaying New York City of the future, an unrequited love turns into a complicated death trap involving murderous family rivalries, perverse military practices, and the mutant products of a nuclear meltdown.
Reviewed by Library Journal: Founded by accident in the Martian desert by a scientist obsessed with the nature of time, the town of DesolationRoad grows from a whistle stop on the Bethlehem Ares Railroad to a stronghold of freedom ranged against the ROTECH bureaucracy. The loves, hates, and intrigues of the town's residents come to life and build to a vivid climax in this compellingly executed novel. In Empire Dreams , McDonald's craft as a storyteller takes on smaller dimensions but remains intact. Ranging from the inner torment of Vincent Van Gogh (``Unfinished Portrait of the King of Pain by Van Gogh'') to a young boy's private battle for life in modern Belfast (``Empire Dreams''), the author finds evidence of the fantastic in unlikely settings. Both books are highly recommended. JC
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Product description: In a world caught in the grip of information overload, Major Kusanagi is an elite officer and heavily modified cybernetic agent. She is on the trail of a computer-criminal who turns people into human marionettes, controlled by computer. She discovers that his true identity lies at the center of a vast and lethal political conspiracy.
The Ghost in the Shell movie is based on the Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.
Reviewed by BookList: Cadigan's fourth novel plunges into the world of AR (artificial reality), whose visitors don "hotsuits" allowing them to sensually experience a trendy, alternative existence. Konstantin, a cop, enters AR to track down a killer, for someone or something is simultaneously killing AR avatars and, inexplicably, their flesh-and-blood counterparts. Although bringing a killer captured in AR to justice in the real world seems impossible, Konstantin, unschooled in the cyberspace culture, submerges herself in AR and discovers a lawless, frightening world. Meanwhile, in a parallel development, Yuki, another AR novice, enters it to track down her friend Tom, not knowing that he was one of the murder victims. It seems, however, that Tom has taken on another existence and now might inhabit the virtual Japan that replaced the real one, destroyed by earthquakes. Sound confusing? Despite its intriguing premise, the book is. Yet Cadigan has a way of making it believable, and fans of Alexander Besher's Mir or the movie Strange Days (1995) will enjoy Cadigan's take on cyberspace. ((Reviewed September 15, 1998)) -- Benjamin Segedin
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Product description: The day-in, day world is the real world is merely perception. In reality it is a hoax perpetrated by an all-powerful artificial intelligence that control us. A small group of humans has found a way out of the construct, and is now fighting for the future of the human race.
Review summary of the Matrix (1999) by Mark Deming, for nytimes.com
What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson -- none of what's going on around him is real. The year is actually closer to 2199, and it seems Thomas, like most people, is a victim of The Matrix, a massive artificial intelligence system that has tapped into people's minds and created the illusion of a real world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when they're through. Morpheus, however, is convinced Neo is "The One" who can crack open The Matrix and bring his people to both physical and psychological freedom. The Matrix is the second feature film from the sibling writer/director team of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, who made an impressive debut with the stylish erotic crime thriller Bound.
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Reviewed by Kirkus: Nine linked stories that continue Mosley's foray into science fiction that began in Blue Light (1998). Mystery fans eager for another outing with Easy Rawlins or Socrates Fortlow can find a version of Mosley's brand of socially stigmatized, African-American crime-solver in New York private detective Folio Johnson, a former bodyguard who nearly died saving his employer, the megalomaniacal MacroSoft Corp. head Dr. Ivan Kismet (owner of the world's richest, biggest corporation and head of a new religion that posits that God can be reached directly through technology), and was thus blessed by Dr. Kismet with a mechanical eye that can scan DNA and a chunk of computerized circuitry in his brain that links him with the Internet and every communications system in the dark, gritty, overwired, debauched mid-21st century. "Electric Eye," the central story here, comes close to being a cyberpunk parody of the hard-boiled genre, in which its tired clichÉs–winning a fallen woman's love, waking up next to a freshly murdered corpse, etc.–are given a futuristic gloss. As cyberpunk godfather William Gibson did in Count Zero and Burning Chrome, Mosley uses stylish characters and technobabble to navigate an intricate, grimy, technologically baroque urban landscape where the struggles of exploited, marginalized, unusually gifted individuals, most of whom are racial, technological, or genetic hybrids like Folio, make significant—if occasionally unintended—changes in the repressive, vindictive, cruelly depersonalized world around them.A vivid, exciting and, on the whole, well-executed take on cyberpunk that measures up to the work done 15 years ago by the Gibson and Bruce Sterling—but will Mosley's mystery fans go for them? (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2001)
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The first book of the Takeshi Kovacs novels. The other titles include Broken angels, and Woken furies.
Reviewed by Library Journal: /* Starred Review */ Killed in a brutal firefight on his home planet of Harlan's World, former UN Envoy Takeshi Kovacs awakens on Earth, his consciousness "sleeved" in the body of an expoliceman. Hired by Laurens Bancroft, one of Earth's most powerful individuals, to prove that Bancroft's recent "death" was not a suicide, Kovacs finds himself embroiled in a multilayered conspiracy that brings him face to face with old enemies and new and unexpected allies. Set in a far future in which consciousness can be downloaded into new bodies, thus rendering "death" a temporary state of being, Morgan's debut novel, the first in a series, combines noir mystery with ultra–high tech science to create a complex sf thriller. Featuring a hard-nosed antihero with his own sense of personal honor and ethics, this is highly recommended for sf collections. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed January 15, 2003) (Library Journal, vol 128, issue 1, p164)
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