New Book: John Huntington’s Show Networks and Control Systems

John Huntington, the blogger, professor and author has been working on his latest book since last fall, Show Networks and Control Systems.  It is based on his previous book formerly called Control Systems for Live Entertainment.

Here is a synopsis of the new book:

Show Networks and Control Systems* has been the industry standard reference in backstage control technology since 1994. With a unique combined focus on computers, networks, control systems, art and practice, the book offers an in-depth examination of the control and networking technology used in lighting, lasers, sound, stage machinery, animatronics, special effects, and pyrotechnics for concerts, theme parks, theatre, themed-retail, cruise ships, museums, interactive performing arts, and special events. This completely revised, reorganized and updated edition includes more than 30 new pages and dozens of brand-new graphics, with dramatically expanded coverage of show networking technology and fresh real-world examples. Drawing upon his extensive experience in the field and classroom, John Huntington clearly explains everything that goes on behind the scenes and inside the machines to bring bold visions to life in real-world settings.

Here are the details:

  • Publication Date: Jul 03 2012
  • ISBN/EAN13: 0615655904 / 9780615655901
  • Page Count: 492
  • Trim Size: 7.5″ x 9.25″
John has done something different here, he has self published his new book!  Currently it is only available on his site, This method afford John to control the price and distribution as well as offer discounts and promotional prices.

Speaking of which, till July 16, 2012, John is running a promotion in celebration of his new book.  He is giving away a free copy to his blog reader who can come closest to guessing the number of times he use the word “Ethernet” in the 492 pages of the book.  Here is the kicker… Everyone who enters will receive a $5 discount code for the book!

Show Networks and Control Systems retails for $50 USD and is available exclusively through