Cyber Surfers: Pirates on the Internet

Cyber Surfers: Pirates on the Internet
Usenet Service
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Cybersurfers was a series 4 of kids’ books written in 1995 and ’96 by Ted Pedersen & Mel Gilden. It follows the adventures of two 14 year olds as they explore the wonders of the World Wide Web at the very start of its mainstream existence. It offers a fascinating look at the excitement and wonder of the Web in its earliest days.

This is a shot of one of the glossary pages explaining the actual technology of the time. It explains things still in use today like e-mail, hypertext, and freeware, but it also talks about Usenets, Gopher, and refers to the World Wide Web as only one of many services available on the Internet (whereas now the two terms are seen as nearly synonymous).