The Anti-1984 Book: ‘Orwell’s Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest’ by Peter Huber

George Orwell’s 1984 remains a pathbreaking book (and warning for our times) even today. However, if there is one lesson you must learn from 1984 is never let your ideas be determined by the media, or the zeitgeist. The idea of a pre-ordained 1984-inspired technological doomsday has become just that. Peter Huber’s book is challenge to the doomsayers.

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In an extraordinary demonstration of the emerging supermedium’s potential to engender new forms of creativity, Huber’s book boldly reimagines 1984 from the computer’s point of view. After first scanning all of Orwell’s writings into his personal computer, Huber used the machine to rewrite the book completely, for the most part using Orwell’s own language. Alternating fiction and non-fiction chapters, Huber advances Orwell’s plot to a surprising new conclusion while seamlessly interpolating his own explanations and arguments. The result is a fascinating utopian work which envisions a world at our fingertips of ever-increasing information, equal opportunity, and freedom of choice.