Harper Academic

The History of the Future

Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

by Blake J. Harris

On Sale: 03/10/2020

Price: $19.99

The History of the Future

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The History of the Future

Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

by Blake J. Harris

On Sale: 03/10/2020

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Price: $19.99

About the Book

The dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the bestselling author of Console Wars. Drawing on over a hundred interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry.

From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey—then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer—invents a device that has the potential to change everything.

With the help of a videogame legend, a serial entrepreneur and many other colorful characters, Luckey’s scrappy startup kickstarts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don’t quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned and neverending twists and turns—including an unlikely multi-billion-dollar acquisition by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, which shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our reality.

Drawing on over a hundred interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry.

Critical Praise

“A riveting story full of colorful characters… a fascinating, illuminating history… an essential read.” - Publishers Weekly

“A highly entertaining behind-the-scenes thriller.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Brilliant...masterful...a sprawling story filled with unforgettable characters.” - Forbes

“Like the pixels that together create a larger picture, Harris presents the various elements of the business in vivid color...remarkably detailed and fast paced.” - Booklist

“A must-read. Period.” - IGN

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062455970
  • ISBN 10: 0062455974
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 03/10/2020
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.480 in (d)
  • Pages: 592
  • List Price: $19.99
  • BISAC1 : COMPUTERS / Virtual Worlds
  • BISAC2 : TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Social Aspects
  • BISAC3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Computers & Information Technology