New Book – Coming fall 2020
BLOCKLAND: 21 Stories of Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency
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6×9 Hardcover: ~500 pages
Shipping in October 2020
The most comprehensive and balanced presentation of the Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency phenomena to date delivered as a narrative that combines metaphoric story, textbook, and memoir. As an industry insider and a social scientist by training, Elias Ahonen writes from a position of impartiality and rigor while asking pointed questions that will challenge any reader’s assumptions.
BLOCKLAND takes the reader to the global intersection of technology, philosophy, business, and politics. It becomes apparent that a collision is imminent. Get an inside look at:
- The crypto-anarchist philosophical origins of Bitcoin
- Intertwined stories of 45 digital currencies
- Stories from the cryptocurrency mining industry
- How Bitcoin proved itself on the Dark Web’s Silk Road drug marketplace
- Billion-dollar heists of digital money
- A deep dive into a splintered crypto culture which may be as much religious as it is political
- The Bitcoin Civil War and Ethereum’s ideological crisis
- Inside stories of the making and aftermath of the 2018 ICO bubble
- How Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), Decentralized Applications (dApps), Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), and Decentralized Finance (DeFi) present a new wave of disruption
- Analysis of the global governmental reception of Blockchain
- And much more!
Elias Ahonen was described as “one of the first Bitcoin historians” by Bitcoin.com for his 2016 Encyclopedia of Physical Bitcoin and Crypto-Currencies. Though he started professional life as an IT analyst and North Korea geopolitical researcher, he soon found himself in a whimsical seven-year career as an international blockchain consultant and dealer of million-dollar Bitcoin art which serves as an intimate backdrop to the bigger story.
Introduction (taken from the book)
This is an account of events set on the blockchain, a new digital realm beyond the internet, from which invention, passion, mystery, uncertainty, meaning, and hope seeped into the minds of people in every nation. This is the 2010’s legend of Bitcoin and its descendants.
For millennia, we have gathered to share stories and myths. Tales of brave adventurers of all stripes in far-off fantastical lands, fighting forces beyond description, for reasons ranging from personal gain to the liberation of peoples. For as long as we have been able to convey thoughts, those who ventured far from their homes have taken on near mythical personas in the eyes of their land-lubber peers. Sailors on years-long voyages formed traditions of passing on the legends of the seas, and soldiers, explorers, merchants, and missionaries have long returned with tales that have left their home hamlets in awe. It is my conviction that the collective adventures of those involved in this brave new world, in its decade of infancy, are ones that will outlive them. Indeed, some stories to come out of this ‘space’ are so fantastical and strange that they read like fantasy.
As with ancient mythologies, we do not quite know when this story begins nor with whom nor where. Nevertheless, you will see that concepts of neither time, place, nor person hold as much importance as we might think. Indeed, many of the interactions in this book have not taken place between physical persons in our geographic world, but between digital personas interacting across a collection of virtual platforms. These have of course led to real-world outcomes ranging from mere untold transfers of wealth to perhaps the evolution of the very foundations of our societal systems as we know them. Bitcoin and its base technology, Blockchain, are the most transformative concepts since the internet came around. Nothing will ever be the same.
Especially fascinating is that the Bitcoin phenomenon, along with its elements of Blockchain and crypto currency, mean entirely different things to different groups of people. A myriad of interpretations exist, with the technology seen in a different yet positive light by all manner of people and groups with a broad range of motivations, and even wholly contradictory worldviews and viewpoints. These groups are not divided by race or religion, but most often by occupation and expertise. Not only is blockchain a whole new animal in fields such as computer science, economics, political science, law, and even philosophy, but it is ultimately a tool which, much like the internet, can be used to advance and promote the interests of practically any group no matter their ideas, purpose, or political persuasion. As an emerging and leader-less industry/ currency/ unit of account/ system/ program/ ledger/ society/ programming language/ privacy protector/ privacy destroyer/ Internet of Money/ Internet 2.0/ Internet 3.0/ religion/ digital gold, there is essentially no consensus reality regarding what this is all about and where it is or should be going.
Every revolution needs a cohesive story, a mythology of sorts. Every society, sect, movement, family, nation, religion, company, culture, and individual have some sort of collective history which unites and galvanizes them. These collective sagas explain the consensus origin, understood present state, and imagined future direction of each entity. These myths of adversity and triumph evoke feelings of pride and identity as well as the transmission of genuine life lessons and advice.
In this book, I introduce to you the stories and their people that both made Bitcoin and Bitcoin made. These 21 stories offer a lasting glimpse into the many facets of the wild-west first decade of Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency.