I first knew Lewis Shiner’s writing from the comic THE HACKER FILES.  It was one of the first comics to print newsgroup postings in the letters page (my only published LOC was there!).

I’ve been reading the free PDF version of Mr. Shiner’s new book, BLACK AND WHITE. It is a thousand miles removed from his cyberpunk days.  It tells a story centered around the construction of the Interstate System, and Research Triangle Park.  The highest praise I can offer is that it involves the sixties and America’s racial awakenings, and I still can’t stop reading.  I thought the Baby Boomers had bored me to tears with this stuff, but this is a different angle, a much more personal story, and I’m captivated.

You can download the free PDF here, or order a real copy here.