Programmer/artist Why the Lucky Stiff (better known for the Poignant Guide to Ruby
) disappeared from the internet in 2009 after his real-life identity was revealed. Several years later, he briefly resurfaced with this avant-garde novel / short story collection / metatextual experiment. Surrealist melancholic meditations on programming, identity, tech culture, creativity, etc., and set in the Pacific Northwest. Freely available as a PDF download, highly recommended if you work with computers and feel like staring into the void sometimes.