- The Matrix: Computer Networks and Conferencing Systems Worldwide
- John S. Quarterman, 1989
Descriptions of essentially every network in the world circa 1988, with their uses, who ran them, how they ran them, their technology, and how to send mail to and from them, plus chapters on protocols and history of how things got that way. The title, other than the obvious allusion to Neuromancer, also refers to a table in the middle of how to address mail with the various combinations of ! @ :: etc. that were needed at the time.
- Casting the Net
- Peter H. Salus, 1995
All about BBN and the ARPANET.
- Where Wizards Stay Up Late
- Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyons, 1998
Sort of a social history of the ARPANET.
- The Victorian Internet
- Tom Standage, 1999
About the telegraph and the many things people attempted to use it for and the social effects it had, many of which sound a lot like the Internet
- Dead Media Project
- Bruce Sterling, http://www.deadmedia.org/
Did you know that in Budapest you could once listen to an opera through your telephone?
- William Gibson, 1985
This one wasn’t on the biblio. slide, but I mentioned it in the talk. The original cyberpunk novel, set in a near future that features a cyberspace that connects just about everything and supports a matrix of users and uses that is navigated via a visual interface.
- Many others
- I’m all ears for further suggestions