Thomas Scoville

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Thomas Scoville
Born 1960 (age 54–55)
Newport Beach, CA
Residence Los Angeles
Occupation technologist and author

Thomas Scoville (b. California 1960). American humorist, programmer, technologist and author who chronicled the rise and fall of Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom.

Two works render a Silicon Valley insider's perspective based on two decades as a software engineer: The satirical Silicon Valley Tarot published in 1998 and Silicon Follies, an online serial novel running on in 1999, eventually finding its way to hardcover publication by Pocket Books and a television pilot by Ron Howard's Imagine Television. Scoville also wrote technology essays including (with apologies to Allen Ginsberg), The Elements Of Style: Unix As Literature, and Martin Luther, Meet Linus Torvalds as well as perspectives on Open Source Software for O'Reilly Media.

Two minor works demonstrate playful collisions of popular culture and occult spirituality: The Metrosexual Tarot, published in 2003, burlesqued urban male narcissism and consumer culture, while The Comic Bardo Thodol, published in 2008, recast the Tibetan Book Of The Dead in comic book form using imagery from mass-market entertainment.


  • The Silicon Valley Tarot (1999)
  • Silicon Follies (2001)
  • The Metrosexual Tarot (2003)
  • The Comic Bardo Thodol (2008)

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