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Circuits of the Wind: A Legend of the Net Age (Volume 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Stutz
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LITERARY FICTION / AMERICAN LITERATURE


The Internet is everywhere now, but Ray Valentine saw it first explode.

Circuits of the Wind, a coming-of-age novel in three volumes, is the very human story of Ray's quest to find himself as he grows up online, wandering the computer underground--the wild, global outback that existed before the net went mainstream. How else does an end-of-century slacker reach out to the world from Sohola, that northern state that's a little more Midwest than it is New England? The net holds the key to what he's after--but even as he pioneers this virtual world, the veneer of his real life begins to crack.

In Volume One of the novel, we follow a young Raymond from his '70s childhood--and first gropings with the telephone--to the home computers and bulletin boards of the '80s, where he leads a double life as a wanderer of the wires. But when even his virtual best friend unplugs, Raymond might have to leave it, too--because isn't real life supposed to be offline?


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"Stutz writes with a grandness that exceeds the deadpan expectations that are associated with his generation of writers ... with all the grandeur of the influential [F. Scott] Fitzgerald himself." -- Kilimanjaro magazine

"an education into the net-dominated world we live in and likely to be a classic" -- author Debbie A. Heaton

"In bringing Ray Valentine to life, Michael Stutz has created the Everyman of our wired age. Lyrical and moving, Circuits of the Wind ranges from the nightmarishly detached to the passionately connected. Stutz understands that no matter how many hours we spend alone before our computer screens, we're still what we've always been: desperate human beings longing for acclaim, achievement, friendship, and ultimately, love." -- Tony D'Souza, author of Whiteman, The Konkans, and Mule, which has been optioned for film by Warner Bros.

"Circuits of the Wind is a very entertaining and thoughtful book on the impact of a new communication and thinking on a generation. Academics may be studying this book in the future. It's ours now to read and enjoy!" -- David Bischoff, author of WarGames

A coming of age tale of the early internet and the impact on an unsuspecting world, Circuits of the Wind provides a very human story set on a backdrop of technology few truly understand, very much recommended. -- Midwest Book Review

"The descriptive passages in the book are funny, true to life and quite lyrical. Michael Stutz has an amazing ability with words ... [r]ead this book to learn the story of the beginning of the "net" generation. I believe Circuits of the Wind will be savored by techies, geeks and computer nerds." -- Library of Clean Reads

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LITERARY FICTION / AMERICAN LITERATURE
Circuits of the Wind
, a coming-of-age novel in three volumes, is the very human story of Ray's quest to find himself as he grows up online

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  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983855803
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Confiteor Media; 1 edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066613H6
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Net Generation and how we got here March 28, 2012
Format:Paperback
According to his bio page `Michael Stutz coined the phrase "net generation" while working as a reporter for Wired News--and in the early 1990s kicked off the Wikipedia era by being the first to take open source beyond software. He lives in Space Age Central, the former home of the NASA rocket scientist who planned the Apollo Project.' Now if that isn't enough to seduce a reader in this novel of his then the reader isn't glued to the computer very often (or the iPad or iPod or all the variations thereof). This man knows the territory he incorporates into this book CIRCUITS OF THE WIND and that alone makes it entertaining reading.

This is a novel, but it is also sort of a memoir or biography or biopic of sorts in that the book details the beginnings of the `far out' ideas of computers entering daily living in the 1970s (remember when the first microwave ovens were brought around for us to see the house trailer size facility that accompanied the first wave of microwaves?). Ray Valentine is the character we follow and as one reported stated the outline `In some respects the book is a retrospective of technology as seen through the eyes of a young boy. It's the kind of life that one imagines Bill Gates or Steve Jobs living. Ray becomes increasingly addicted to hacking and to contact with unseen people, always with the idea of reaching for something "out there" that is beyond him, so convinced that everywhere else is better than where he is, everyone else's life is better than his. Meanwhile, a widening gulf exists between him and his real-life friends.'

Stutz writes with a somewhat stilted style that may be purposeful: his words and sentences at time feel like a quickly entered non-spell checked pouring out of thoughts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical and Evocative August 26, 2012
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The first two volumes of Circuits of the Wind capture what it was like to come of age during the early days of the information age. The author deals with universal themes related to the passage to adulthood, but does so in the unique context of the birth of the internet. He exposes the ironies associated with loneliness and alienation at the dawn of the era of universal connectedness. The author's writing is evocative and he displays real insights into the human condition. A number of the scenes he paints remind me of the work of Hesse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have not finished it, yet. March 14, 2013
By Larjane
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This is an interesting walk through a boy's journey to manhood and computerdom. I had a different experience but never even tried to hack. When computers first came out, I remember a hacker was someone who could not type and "hacked" at the keyboard. Whatever, it is a good story.
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Anyone who shares my nostalgia for the phone and computer world of the late seventies and eighties, this book would be a compelling enough read for it's backdrop alone. I got into BBS systems, made pay phones ring themselves, read text files an all that...usually far enough behind everyone else that it wasn't relevant anymore, but still. Gratifyingly, though, this isn't all the book is. I got into the main character's early need for the wonder of the world, sought in the early hacker world, and felt for him as his sense of wonder changed more into a striving for human connection. It fails again and again for him, in a way that connected him to me as a reader. I'm not sure what to think entirely yet, knowing that this is only the first volume, but I definitely need to know where he goes from here. The book is complete on it's own, but I definitely feel that the story isn't finished yet. I'm eagerly turning to the second book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age of a Young Man and the Net October 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Representatives of the author provided a free copy of this book for review purposes.

Circuits of the Wind: A Legend of the Net Age
Author: Michael Stutz
Genre: Literary Bildungsroman
Rating: 4 Stars

Circuits of the Wind is an intriguing coming-of-age story of both its main character and the Internet.

Summary:

Young Ray Valentine finds himself disconnected from his life. The purchase of a computer with a modem allows him to explore the growing virtual world connected by telephones and computers. As he delves deeper into this new world, he will have to balance his life both online and offline.

Review:

We've come to take the commercial and personal Internet for granted. Even children carry around tiny mobile computing devices that can easily access vast amount of the world's information with ease, and yet we complain about the ability to quickly stream YouTube videos.

Back in the 70s and 80s, the 'net began its shift from being mostly a government and academic entity. With the spread of things like Usenet, bulletin board services(BBSes), and, for that matter, personal computers, cyberspace became the domain of everyone.

Circuits of the Wind explores the early years of both a young man interested in all things computer and computer networking related and the "early teen" years of cyberspace itself. The book forms the first volume of a trilogy that follows both Ray and the net from early Usenet and BBSes to the dot.com mania.

The book is a psychological study of the kind of person who would want to spend hours a day chatting away and exploring on computer networks years before such things became ubiquitous and fairly easy.
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MICHAEL STUTZ coined the phrase "net generation" while working as a reporter for Wired News--and in the early 1990s kicked off the Wikipedia era by being the first to take open source beyond software. He lives in Space Age Central, the former home of the NASA rocket scientist who planned the Apollo Project.

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