History Literature / TrueNames

27th Jan '16 8:34:11 PM GrammarNavi
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The story presaged ideas that later became staples of the not-yet-born {{Cyberpunk}} genre, like {{Cyberspace}} and {{Digital Avatar}}s. But while it was nominated for both the [[HugoAward Hugo]] and [[NebulaAward Nebula]] awards, it remained a bit of a cult classic, and credit for many of its ideas are often mistakenly attributed to later but better-known works by Creator/WilliamGibson or Creator/NealStephenson.

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The story presaged ideas that later became staples of the not-yet-born {{Cyberpunk}} genre, like {{Cyberspace}} and {{Digital Avatar}}s. But while it was nominated for both the [[HugoAward Hugo]] and [[NebulaAward [[UsefulNotes/NebulaAward Nebula]] awards, it remained a bit of a cult classic, and credit for many of its ideas are often mistakenly attributed to later but better-known works by Creator/WilliamGibson or Creator/NealStephenson.



* ShownTheirWork: Vinge did such a good job at creating a plausible extrapolation of existing technology that Marvin Minsky, head of the AI Labs at MIT, made it the basis of a keynote speech he delivered at the {{Nebula Award}}s ceremony that year.

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* ShownTheirWork: Vinge did such a good job at creating a plausible extrapolation of existing technology that Marvin Minsky, head of the AI Labs at MIT, made it the basis of a keynote speech he delivered at the {{Nebula UsefulNotes/{{Nebula Award}}s ceremony that year.
4th Aug '15 5:40:16 PM Adept
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* FrogsAndToads: Virginia, the federal officer in charge of Mr. Slippery's case (and Slip himself) chooses to appear on The Other Plane in the innocuous and easily-overlooked form of a frog.
21st Jul '12 2:43:35 PM Xtifr
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* {{Transhuman}}: Discussed towards the end of the story, when Slip and Ery finally meet face-to-face.
16th Jul '12 10:17:14 PM Xtifr
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* ObfuscatedInterface: the Portals used to access The Other Plane use low-bandwidth communications (to help avoid detection). The interface uses EEG, and simply learning to see The Other Plane properly, let alone manipulate it, requires training and practice.
* OnlineAlias: What you use instead of your True Name. Referred to as a Nym.


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* ObfuscatedInterface: the Portals used to access The Other Plane use low-bandwidth communications (to help avoid detection). The interface uses EEG, and simply learning to see The Other Plane properly, let alone manipulate it, requires training and practice.
* OnlineAlias: What you use instead of your True Name. Referred to as a Nym.
14th Jul '12 1:10:07 PM Xtifr
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"True Names" is an influential 1981 novella by VernorVinge about computer hackers who regularly meet in an open-ended on-line game called "The Other Plane". The hackers must keep their True Names--their "real world" identities--hidden, like wizards of lore, both to avoid detection by law enforcement ("the Great Enemy"), and to protect themselves from being hacked or blackmailed by others in the game.

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"True Names" is an influential 1981 novella by VernorVinge Creator/VernorVinge about computer hackers who regularly meet in an open-ended on-line game called "The Other Plane". The hackers must keep their True Names--their "real world" identities--hidden, like wizards of lore, both to avoid detection by law enforcement ("the Great Enemy"), and to protect themselves from being hacked or blackmailed by others in the game.
14th Jul '12 12:54:55 PM Xtifr
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* {{Familiar}}: The "wizards" of The Other Plane often have specialized programs that they cause to appear in animal form, which they refer to as their familiars. When Virginia, the federal officer in charge of Mr. Slippery's case, meets up with him in frog form on The Other Plane, she pretends to be his familiar.
14th Jul '12 12:32:51 PM Xtifr
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* FrogsAndToads: Virginia, the federal officer in charge of Mr. Slippery's case (and Slip himself) chooses to appear on The Other Plane in the innocuous and easily-overlooked form of a frog.



* LizardFolk: Alan Turing, the guardian of the Coven's castle, is depicted as a lizard man, named after a great computer pioneer from WWII.
* MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame: The Other Plane, one of the earliest fictional examples.



* MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame: The Other Plane, one of the earliest fictional examples.
14th Jul '12 11:55:21 AM Xtifr
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It was first collected in ''True Names and Other Stories''. It was later republished, along with a series of non-fiction essays about the ideas in the story, written by various authors and industry experts, in ''True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier''.

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It was first collected in ''True Names Names...and Other Stories''.Dangers''. It was later republished, along with a series of non-fiction essays about the ideas in the story, written by various authors and industry experts, in ''True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier''.
14th Jul '12 11:41:42 AM Xtifr
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* NoManShouldHaveThisPower: After the big battle, Slip and Ery realize they're pretty much in control of the world's computing resources, and can not only protect themselves, but can fix whatever they want. They quickly realize that they could be the worst dictators the world has ever seen, and reluctantly abandon the control.
8th Jul '12 12:07:00 PM Xtifr
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* KillSat: The "Eye of God" satellites are the first military installations taken over and used during the climactic battle scene.
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