Mother Earth Mother Board

This is a lengthy article NealStephenson wrote for Wired magazine in December 1996 (, in which "The hacker tourist ventures forth across the wide and wondrous meatspace of three continents, chronicling the laying of the longest wire on Earth."

I remember reading this and thinking, who cares about the laying of a cable? But then I found myself sucked in just by the writing itself, and the personalities surrounding the effort. (Stephenson used the same techniques JohnMcPhee used to persuade me to read over a thousand pages about rocks.) If you've read CryptoNomicon, try rereading it while thinking about it as field research for the novel ... -- GlennVanderburg


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