Megan Harlan
August 18, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Cybergypsies: A True Tale of Lust, War, and Betrayal on the Electronic Frontier

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Indra Sinha
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

In the mid-’80s, Sinha, a London ad exec, became seriously addicted to the earliest and most fanatical Internet outposts — multiuser games and bulletin boards frequented by hackers, virus makers, software pirates, Dungeons & Dragons role players, and other ”cybergypsies.” How this nice married father of two with a new house in Sussex almost lost it all to his modem becomes an enchanting tale, full of jarring, hallucinatory, humorous blurrings between worldly and wired events.

So many books have tried to capture the heady horizons and disappointing mirages of cyberspace; ”The Cybergypsies: A True Tale of Lust, War, and Betrayal on the Electronic Frontier,” Sinha’s beautifully written virtual travelogue actually does — at least one strange corner of it. A-

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