WARNING: This is the GERMAN language edition. For English see Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book).
I received this book as a gift at one of the Silicon Valley Hackers/THINK Conference where I was elected to membership in 1992 or so, and it remains for me the first window into the cyber-chaos that results when CIA and the Library of Congress merge and everyone is a collector, producer, and consumer of digital information.
This book is ESSENTIAL reading, and foretold by decades the ineptitude of the US Government and the deliberate refusal of corporations to get a responsible grip on cyber-reality.
See also by Winn Schwartau:
And by Howard Rheingold:
Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology
The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier
Virtual Reality: The Revolutionary Technology of Computer-Generated Artificial Worlds – and How It Promises to Transform Society
Finally, to get deep into doing it right (I published these books, they are also free online):
Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace
INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainaabilty
Too many to list here, see the various review categories at Phi Beta Iota, the Public Intelligence Blog, for my structured reviews of non-fiction books related to this topic.