Shockwave Rider, The

by John Brunner

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He was the most dangerous fugitive alive, but he didn't exist!

Nickie Haflinger had lived a score of lifetimes . . . but technically he didn't exist. He was a fugitive from Tarnover, the high-powered government think tank that had educated him. First he had broken his identity code - then he escaped.

Now he had to find a way to restore sanity and personal freedom to the computerised masses and to save a world tottering on the brink of disaster.

He didn't care how he did it . . . but the government did. That's when his Tarnover teachers got him back in their labs . . . and Nickie Haflinger was set up for a whole new education!

First published in 1975.



  1. geeohgeegeeoh
    Although I loved this as a child, I find parts of it unreadably bad now, and cannot quite say why. My partner ran a secondhand bookstore in the eighties, and the number of copies of this, *and* Alvin Tofflers future-shock, which is explicitly cited as a referent, were phenomenal. Given where the Internet got to, this has qualities of the uber-story of networks, and it presaged the Morris worm, and other hacks which flew through the UUCP mail links years before the IP protocol took off. It cannot be a concidence that Apple and others have named their campus streets in ways reminiscent of the communities in this book..

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