122 Theodor H. Nelson
Computer Lib / Dream Machines

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122 Theodor H. Nelson
Computer Lib / Dream Machines

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“Computers Belong to All Mankind”

Chicago: Author, 1974
128 pp., small folio. Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers. Two books, back to back, illustrated throughout with diagrams and photographs in black and white. Rubbing and foxing to covers, bump to crown of spine, with a faint hint of mustiness, but still very good.

The author, a “compulsive explainer,” attempts in Computer Lib to explain “simply and concisely why computers are marvelous and wonderful,” because “computers belong to all mankind.” The author’s credentials are given at the foot of the first page; though mostly self-taught in computers, he was a member of the editorial board of Computer Decisions magazine, listed in the New York Times Who’s Who in Computers, and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

He continues in an equally optimistic vein in the “flip side” of the book, Dream Machines: New Freedoms Through Computer Screens — A Minority Report, which notes among his “counterculture credentials” a stint as a photographer at John Lilly’s dolphin lab and his attendance at Woodstock.

Uncommon (and too soon to say whether prophetic or merely wishful).

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