"Borg Like Me is fantastic!" - RU Sirius
"A treasure trove of alternative thought and lifestyle." - JC Gonzo, The End of Being
"Gareth Branwyn is an authentic human being, the kind that inspires people like me to take heart and leap into the void." -conceptual artist and alt.culture blogger Red Cell
""[Your] book...represents an important infusion of authentic spirit into conversations around technology and culture. A reclamation of our essential humanity.. Also, a great time capsule of the Weird Wide Web and its antecedent impulses." - Casey Rae, Future of Music Coalition
From the Back Cover
Borg Like Me
is a smart, passionate, intense trip along the bleeding edges of art, technology, and culture at the turn of the 21st century.
A comprehensive collection of cyberculture pioneer Gareth Branwyn's best work, Borg Like Me s
pans an over 30 year writing career. The book covers Branwyn's coming of age in a hippie commune, his involvement in the 90s zine publishing scene, his tenure at influential cyber arts and culture mags Mondo 2000
, bOING bOING
, and Wired
, and his eight years at MAKE
, spearheading the growing maker movement. Previously published material is interwoven throughout with Branwyn's unabashedly
honest commentary, personal anecdotes, and original essays.
Read about the smart-druggies behind Mondo 2000
, impersonating Billy Idol in cyberspace (for
Billy Idol), the making of the iconic early 90s hypermedia book, Beyond Cyberpunk!
, and Branwyn going positively P.K. Dick after a heart attack and a bad blood transfusion.
What Others Have Said About Gareth and His Work:
"Gareth Branwyn -- superconductor of cyberculture... a hip McLuhan of the plugged-in age."
- Washington Post
"Brilliant writing, impressive scholarship."
- Toronto Globe & Mail
(review of Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots
"Gareth Branwyn is a highly-charged countercultural electromagnet."
Cyberpunk godfather and sci-fi/horror icon John Shirley
"...a shining example of why weird wins."
-Weird Hero Award
Laika Studios (Coraline
"Gareth Branwyn tracks this media like no one else."
Countercultural iconoclast and Mondo 2000
founder RU Sirius