By Douglas Coupland

They are Microserfs—six code-crunching machine whizzes who spend upward of 16 hours an afternoon "coding" and consuming "flat" meals (food which, like Kraft singles, will be handed beneath closed doorways) as they fearfully test corporation e mail to benefit no matter if the good invoice goes to "flame" one in every of them. yet now there is a likelihood to turn into innovators rather than cogs within the gargantuan Microsoft laptop. The intrepid Microserfs are outstanding out on their own—living jointly in a shared electronic flophouse as they desperately attempt to domesticate well-rounded lives and locate love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz in their computer-driven world.

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