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Nexus: Mankind Gets and Upgrade
by Ramez Naam
Publisher:
Angry Robot 
Year:
2012 
Reviewed by Fire Erowid
9/25/2015

The choice of the name “Nexus” is meaningful, as that was a common name for 2C-B in the 1990s. Though most people won’t catch this association, and will instead understand “Nexus” to imply connectivity (indeed, the same reason 2C-B was given this slang name originally), the effects of the fictional Nexus are not unlike amplified versions of the empathogenic and psychedelic effects of a phenethylamine like 2C-B. [ read more ]

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Real Drugs in a Virtual World
by Edward MurguĂ­a, Melissa Tackett-Gibson, Ann Lessem (Eds.)
Publisher:
Lexington Books 
Year:
2007 
Reviewed by Fire Erowid
8/9/2008

Real Drugs in a Virtual World addresses issues such as how harm reduction websites, including Erowid, affect the use of club drugs, how drug information websites are utilized by drug-using subcultures, how individuals assess the accuracy of online drug information, and the impact of the internet on face-to-face conversations about drug use. [...] This book and a handful of academic papers constitute the breadth of research to date examining this critical issue. We appreciate the authors dipping their toes into this topic and hope that others follow in their footsteps. [ read more ]

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The Seven Sisters of Sleep
by Mordecai Cooke
Publisher:
Park Street Press 
Year:
1997 
Reviewed by Fire Erowid
6/5/1998

An interesting historical account of the use of “narcotic” drugs in the 19th century. There seems to be a lot of interesting tidbits in this book, though I found it a bit confusing to navigate. Much of its appeal lies in seeing through the eyes of a knowledgeable contemporary scientist. The Seven Sisters of Sleep is an intriguing curiosity rather than a sound reliable resource. [ read more ]

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