E.C. Meade Looks at Books
THE COMPLETE HANDBOOK OF PERSONAL COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS
St. Martin’s Press
If you want your computer to manage electronic mail, search stores for bargains, bank, book reservations, and do research, this is a useful tome. Sure to become dated as technology evolves, but a good, informal primer.
THE NEW AMERICAN COMPUTER DICTIONARY
New American Library
For the price, you can’t beat this as a basic “bluffer’s guide” to computer terms. On the other hand, none of the 2,000 definitions is as detailed as a non-layperson might like.
The book carries a steep price tag, but it’s worth the investment. This is an easily-understood guide to how computers create art and music, illustrated with eye-popping color.
If you think Tron is the end-all of hi-tech superheroes, pick up a copy of Rom for nifty gadgets, surprisingly sombre tales, effective characterization, and lots of action. It’ll be a nice break from all the online/glossarial reading you’ll be doing.