Steve Jobs Biography to be Released Oct. 24; TNT to Re-Air ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’

For those not in-the-know (That’s probably like three of you…), 56-year-old Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the technology visionary counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died at his home in California Wednesday evening, ending a decade-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The tributes are already pouring in.

The release date for the first authorized biography about Jobs has been pushed forward to Oct. 24 following his death, publisher Simon & Schuster said Thursday. The 656-page book by Walter Isaacson, simply entitled Steve Jobs, had been scheduled for release on Nov. 21 but will now hit booksellers’ shelves almost a month earlier.

The book is based on more than 40 interviews conducted with Jobs over a two-year period and interviews with over 100 folks with ties to the man behind the Macintosh computer, the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Isaacson has also penned biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Henry Kissinger.

Pre-orders have soared in the wake of Jobs’ death, USA TODAY said this afternoon. As of Thursday morning, Steve Jobs was No. 1 on and No. 3 on Barnes & The tome also tops Apple’s iTunes Books best-seller list.

Barnes & Noble explains:

“Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off limits and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly, even foes, former girlfriends, and colleagues he had once fired or infuriated…”

Meanwhile, TNT says it will pay tribute to the late Apple founder by re-airing the TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. The 1999 movie follows how Jobs, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak revolutionized modern technology and design.

Pirates, which is the small-screen adaptation of the book Fire in the Valley by Paul Frieberger and Michael Swaine, stars Noah Wyle as Jobs, Anthony Michael Hall as Gates, and Joey Slotnick as Wozniak. The drama was nominated for five Emmy Awards upon its release.

TNT said in a synopsis:

“‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’ follows the fascinating and unforgettable race between technology rivals Apple Computers and Microsoft. From nights of dorm-room tinkering to days of boardroom scheming, their fierce and often humorous battle to rule the fledgling computer empire literally changed the world.”

Pirates of Silicon Valley will air on TNT Thursday at 8 PM and 10 PM ET/PT.

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