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NEW BOOKS FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION URGE CYBERSPACE CADETS TO GET A LIFE

Author J.C. Herz was on the telephone, talking to her editor -- no, beseeching her editor: "Don't make me go back! Please, don't make me go back there." The place she dreaded was sometimes in the living room of her tiny cottage apartment in Coral Gables, Florida. Or it was on the tiled floor at the foot of her bed. It was anywhere, really, that the 23-year-old writer could sprawl with her laptop computer, reach a telephone jack and plug into the Internet.

For months Herz had been online every day, six hours a day, researching a book she was writing...

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