A Human Silicon Chip: A Novel

Dr. Nishi Chawla
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My second novel, "A Human Silicon Chip," tries to capture the philosophical underside of the information revolution even as it traces the boom and bust of the dot com era. This is not a defining portrait of a young man caught in the gold rush of the silicon valley boom years. There is no conscious portrayal of the physical or mental characteristics of any single entrepreneur who contributed to this boom. My aim is to evoke the philosophical underpinnings of the whirlwind that arose in the decade of the nineties in the silicon valley. The excitement involved with accomplishing anything, the visceral power of human cupidity, and the distant rumble of sibling rivalry, is all that this story is about. There is no further metamessage.

Keywords: Readings from my novel
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: A Human Silicon Chip

Dr. Nishi Chawla

Adjunct Professor, Department of English, UMUC and UMCP, University of Maryland

I am Dr Nishi Chawla. I hold a PhD with Distinction from the George Washington University, Washington, DC. I have also done a two-year post-doctoral study on "Postmodernism" at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. I was born and raised in India where I taught for more than a decade in Delhi University as an Associate Professor. My husband's World Bank posting brought me to the US some years ago. I write and publish fiction and poetry. I have also published a book on Samuel Beckett. My first novel, "Twist of Truth," was published by Har Anand Publications in India. The same publisher has published my second novel, "A Human Silicon Chip," (2003) on the silicon valley and its intersections with the New Economy. I teach courses in Literature and in Writing at UMUC and at UMD. I am passionately devoted to my teaching profession, and I encourage everyone to be committed to knowledge and to learning.

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