This is a collection of linked essays published by Sandy Stone in Before that, Stone, a transsexual, was attacked by the radical feminist scholar Janice Raymond in a somewhat infamous altercation having to do with the feminist record company Olivia Records. Basically, Raymond accused Stone of not really being a woman and attempting to subvert the spirit of Olivia Records by smuggling in the patriarchy under cover of her female exterior. The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age has similarly worn well, even though one of its main subjects-networked computing, aka the Internet-has changed immensely in the 20 years since the book was first published. For instance, Stone references the megabyte hard disks that were state of the art at the time of writing. As a thinker, Stone is fascinated by questions of gender, identity, prostheses, and cybernetics, and she locates foci where these interests intersect in the world of computing.