Last updated: 14th January 2005.
Who writes FREAX?
My name is Tamas Polgar, aka. Tomcat of Madwizards. I am active on the
PC, and had a C-64 for years - and I still have it. I was working as a
journalist for a long time, and I was writing articles to various disk
magazines for years.
When will the book be released?
Volume 1. of the book is already out and available. Volume 2. is planned for Spring 2006.
Who is the publisher?
Freax had been published by CSW Verlag, also publishing GO!64 Magazine.
How much does the book cost?
The retail price is 24.90 Euros in Germany. It might slightly change in other countries, depending on the reseller.
What sources are you working from?
It would be
impossible to list them all, but mainly paper- and diskmagazines,
websites, words of mouth from old sceners and so on. Every piece of
information I receive is inspected and confirmed before written into
Did you gather information from ex-sceners, people who are in no way in contact with the current scene?
Of course. Without this my research would be meaningless. There are also interviews with very old scene legends.
Which computers are you writing about?
The three main
parts are the Commodore 64, the Amiga and the PC. Besides, there are
more chapters about the Atari, the Sinclair line, the game consoles,
the Apple Macintosh, the Acorn, and another chapter about the
"misunderstood computers", models having a small demoscene, but had
been generally ignored in their time, despite of their abilities. These
are the Commodore Plus/4, the Enterprise and so on.
What language is it written?
As my mothertongue is
Hungarian, the manuscript was written in Hungarian. It was translated
to English and spellchecked by Dan Wright, the editor of the Mindcandy
DVD and manager of Fusecon.
Will there be versions in other languages?
Yes, probably there will be a German version. There's no plans for other languages, however, we're open for anything.
Will there be an electronic version, like an eBook?
No, there won't be any electronic version. I doubt any current file format will be readable in 10-20 years anyway.
Can I help your efforts?
If you wish to see a version
on your language, you're hereby entitled to find a publisher in your
country and translate the book. There's nothing else you could help at
the moment, thanks.
How big this book is?
It is planned to be a big, thick
book, full color and very high quality. The two volumes together will
be around 500 pages, and Volume 3., the art album will be at least 300
Does FREAX cover the warez scene, or just the demoscene?
the demoscene emerged from the warez scene, naturally the warez scene
is also in the story, especially on the Commodore 64. It's just as
deeply inspected as the demoscene.
Will you cooperate with the MindCandy project?
Most likely there will be a bundle edition.