If you own one of Amazon’s e-readers, there’s a good chance you’ve accessed the “Manage Your Kindle” page at some point.
Do you notice anything strange about that URL? What’s fiona? An acronym, perhaps. Functional… Internet-Oriented… Native… Application? File I/O Network Access?
No. It’s not a what but a who.
Fiona Hackworth is character in The Diamond Age, a science fiction novel written by Neal Stephenson, published in 1992 with a plot that hinges on the theft of a kind of super-book.
A super-book that is engrossing, interactive, networked; with pages that change before your eyes; that knows more or less everything.
A science-fictional object that served as the lodestone for Amazon’s efforts, in the early 2000s, to develop an e-reader.
On Amazon’s campus in Seattle, many buildings are named for company concepts and codename. Neal Stephenson visited one.