Felix Tremont is a systems administrator who gets called away at one in the morning to fix a crashed server for a financial company. However, he and the other sysadmins soon find themselves stuck at the office when a worldwide catastrophe strikes, a combination of bio- and cyberterrorism that wipes out thousands of human lives and crashes most of the civilized world. With his wife and newborn son gone, Felix is one of the surviving tech geeks responsible for maintaining the Internet—now a vital resource in the post-apocalyptic scenario—though it tasks their survival instincts when supplies starts to run low. He has a steady job with a wife and a kid. Felix and Co.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth. May 09, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: apocalyptic , 2fiction , 1ebook , scifi. An interesting, quick apocalyptic story following several sys admins who live because of their jobs.
I don't know why it wasn't listed on my shelves. Highly recommended. Can't think why I suddenly remembered this story I read years ago, in which the world is beset by catastrophes and only the data centres survive, IT departments ruling the deserted planet. Aug 31, M. Scott Ford rated it it was amazing. I found it very thought provoking and at times gut wrenching.
One scene brought tears to my eyes. Others had me laughing out loud. A fun emotional roller coster. Apr 19, C rated it really liked it. Amusing food for apocalyptic thoughts. Locus Award winner. Feb 03, Charles rated it really liked it. When I was still in school, I remember Adrian telling me about a story he read where some sort of global Armageddon-level catastrophe happened, and the only survivors were the System Administrators who happened to be in their hermetically sealed, climate controlled, battery backed-up data centers.
They communicated with each other via Usenet and IRC. Right up until January 14th, When I was still in school, I remember Adrian telling me about a story he read where some sort of global Armageddon-level catastrophe happened, and the only survivors were the System Administrators who happened to be in their hermetically sealed, climate controlled, battery backed-up data centers. Docotorow spent some time as a Sys Admin, among his other nerd credentials, and you can feel it in the way the characters think and speak.
There was one thing that really stuck out to me right at the end, though. After they leave the data center, it seems they never went back.
I guess it could be because the buildings had no power and the generators ran out of fuel, but surely that group could have engineered their way out of that problem. I guess there are several possibilities for this: They are Sys Admins.
Of course they went back. Why would you think anything else? The characters have experienced tragedy and they want to start new lives; leaving their old lives and jobs in the data center. Or, frankly, which one I prefer. Mar 27, Andy Parkes rated it really liked it Shelves: reading. Many of them make the fact they are highly secure one of their selling points. Lots of them are also designed to withstand a nuclear attack.
This is the angle the story takes. If nuclear war broke out, all around the world there would be groups of network engineers, safe and sound keeping the Internet running! The story follows one specific group and the decisions they make about what to do in the aftermath. Nov 06, Laura rated it liked it. Surviving the apocalypse is no joke. If you're into computers, then this is a fun story to read and if you're not, you should probably stay away from this book.
We've seen many different kinds of apocalypse survivors, but Their first concern will be to do what they do best: keep the Net going for as long as they can, as a vehicle to organise a new world digital governance. After so many Hollywood blockbusters with no worries about the proper use of terminology or the faithful depiction of the computer professionals whatsoever, this text is refreshingly free of mocks and pitfalls. Mar 13, David Blaylock rated it it was amazing.
Mar 21, Jeff Cliff rated it it was ok Recommends it for: sysadmins. Jan 19, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: kindle , in This was a quick one night read. It is a short story originally located in the book Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. I read it as a separate story because it was sent to me by a friend. I really liked it. It is sometimes hard for authors to write shorter stories. There is a lot of information that needs to get across to the reader in a limited, short amount of time.
The basic premise of this story is that one day a virus hits that kills off most of the people in the world. The only on This was a quick one night read. The only ones left or so we think throughout is separate groups of System Admins gathered around the world. I felt that the idea for the story was a good one and I really liked the characters. Aug 24, Richard Magahiz rated it it was ok Shelves: sf-f , audiobook , read-in I listened to this out of curiosity when I saw someone in the tech community recommend it as supplemental reading for Ops people.
The story didn't really speak to me all that much, with characters who were just a little too cartoony and arguments over conflicts I couldn't bring myself to care that much about.
There isn't much action and the character scenes felt like they were done by the numbers, not truly felt. People complain about some of the plot points which seem farfetched , which I don't I listened to this out of curiosity when I saw someone in the tech community recommend it as supplemental reading for Ops people.
People complain about some of the plot points which seem farfetched , which I don't disagree with, though I think part of it is just the way he introduces them without suggesting that there might be a reasonable basis. I think it could have used an editorial shakedown to clean up these annoyances, and to boost up its strengths which I think come at the very end when the main character muses about what the point of civilization is.
Feb 05, Dann Todd rated it it was ok. Read as part of the Wastelands collection of short stories. Found this particular story to be notable. What I said in the review of Wastelands The excess air pressure kept the bug that was killing everyone out. There were two obvious holes in the plot. I am those geeks. Even I know better. Dec 30, Johan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: science-fiction, geeks, sysadmins.
Shelves: scifi. I really enjoyed this story.
Sysadmin Sci-Fi Friday: When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth
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When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth
All we got now is a facebook nation and a lousy web 2. I think that the thing that bothers me most about this story is how plausible it all is. The thing that really makes it plausible is, and I think every sysadmin has felt this, the feeling you get when you're in a server room. Spend enough time isolated in there, and I bet you every sysadmin will start to daydream about how something catastrophic could happen outside and he wouldn't even know. Wonderful story, but I kept wondering the whole time, why weren't they printing out every useful bit of survival and geographical and machine maintenance and biofuel making information they could find online in preparation for the generators running out of fuel? Like all C. They are also available on feedbooks.
Short story: "When Sysadmins Ruled The Earth"
Ever notice that sysadmin characters keep popping up in sci-fi? Published in , and clearly inspired by the September 11, , plane attacks in the United States and the London Underground and bus bombings of , Doctorow's story is a loving tribute to the independent spirit, resilience, integrity and idiosyncratic habits of sysadmins. Like many science fiction plots, this one turns on apocalypse and its aftermath. Here's a brief excerpt; for context, you need to know that sysadmins Felix and Van have left their data center to see what's left of their city:. Rosa shook her head. Something is better than nothing.