Re: Need help tracking down a book

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Wed, 30 Jun 1999 03:45:39 -0500

Brian Atkins wrote:
> A long time ago I read a sci-fi book, don't remember the title
> or author, but it was set I think in a future where there were
> mostly corporations, and there was one really big one called
> I think "Fireball Industries" or somesuch. And if I remember
> right the company founder had uploaded himself. I keep thinking
> Sterling wrote it, but apparently not. Anyone clue me in?

At a complete guess: Something by W.T. Quick, like "Dreams of Flesh and Sand", "Dreams of Gods and Men", "Systems" and "Singularities".

I bought the last one (it was just some indefinable something about the title...), but it was an even bigger dud than "Mother of Storms". (Any decent Singularity shouldn't leave a planet when it's through.) Anyway, megacorp cyberpunk world, company founder uploads himself, not sure about the "Fireball Industries" part.

Alternatively, there was something almost like that in _Hardwired_ by Walter John Williams, but I don't think that's what you're thinking of.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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