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Mad Worlds Collide
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ISBN-10: 1-55404-011-6
ISBN-13: 
Genre: Science Fiction
eBook Length: 349 Pages
Published: December 2002



From inside the flap

WARNING: Mad World Collide is an outrageously zany sci-fi comedy that will laugh you into the funny farm.

In year 2021, Robert Davichi thinks he has the worst computer job in the world --until a hacker threatens his life and starts bringing down corporations and governments. In the midst of this the military tries to conquer America via the Internet, a neurotic computer gains consciousness, and starts communicating with evil incompetent aliens from afar---and the President finds an abundance of gas in his alimentary canal. Robert's life is thrown into cosmic chaos trying to solve one disaster after another. The story careens between Japan, America, and a spaceship orbiting near the moon.

"The book will entertain a wide range of readers" according to Peter Heyrman, a fiction writer who is published in Twilight Zone magazine. Peter, with a sense for the warped, edited Mad Worlds Collide stating it is "funny, and on the edge".



Mad Worlds Collide (Excerpt)


WELCOME TO THE NEWS


December 11, 2001

By Dan Verton

Feds boost online surveillance activity

(IDG)

FBI officials are reportedly developing a combination computer worm/Trojan horse called "Magic Lantern" that is designed to capture keystrokes on a target computer and encryption keys used to conceal data.


"The availability of new surveillance technologies and the government's eagerness to employ them certainly do pose a challenge to traditional civil liberties," said Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington. "There is some danger that the surveillance impulse will take on a life of its own, producing an unwholesome mutation of our political system."

December 11, 2001

By David Stout

WASHINGTON

FEDS conduct software piracy raids

(NY-TIMES)

Agents seized computers and hard drives in at least 27 cities in 21 states in raids on businesses, university computer centers, Internet service providers and many residences. Foreign law enforcement people staged about 20 similar raids in Australia, Britain, Finland and Norway.

The target of the raids was the "Warez" group, a loosely affiliated network of software-piracy gangs that duplicate and reproduce copyrighted software over the Internet. Of special interest today was a Warez unit known as "DrinkOrDie," probably the oldest and best known in the Warez network, officials said, adding that DrinkOrDie members take special pride in having cracked and pirated the Windows 95 operating system three days before its release to the public.

The Customs Service said today that members of Warez include corporate executives, computer-network administrators and students at major universities, government workers and employees of technology and computer firms. The agency said insiders aid the piracy ring in stealing the software and that the ring relies on elaborate computer-security devices to minimize the risk of detection.









A few years pass?