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Neal Stephenson

Autor(a) de Snow Crash

75+ Works 107,704 Membros 2,533 Reviews 776 Favorited

About the Author

Neal Stephenson, the science fiction author, was born on October 31, 1959 in Maryland. He graduated from Boston University in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography with a minor in physics. His first novel, The Big U, was published in 1984. It received little attention and stayed out of print until mostrar mais Stephenson allowed it to be reprinted in 2001. His second novel was Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller was published in 1988, but it was his novel Snow Crash (1992) that brought him popularity. It fused memetics, computer viruses, and other high-tech themes with Sumerian mythology. Neal Stephenson has won several awards: Hugo for Best Novel for The Diamond Age (1996), the Arthur C. Clarke for Best Novel for Quicksilver (2004), and the Prometheus Award for Best Novel for The System of the World (2005). He recently completed the The Baroque Cycle Trilogy, a series of historical novels. It consists of eight books and was originally published in three volumes and Reamde. His latest novel is entitled The Rise and Fall of D. O. D. O. Stephenson also writes under the pseudonym Stephen Bury. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: U.S. novelist Neal Stephenson at Science Foo Camp 2008. Author Bob Lee; cropped by Beyond My Ken

Séries

Obras de Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash (1992) 20,030 cópias
Cryptonomicon (1999) 16,951 cópias
The Diamond Age (1995) 11,138 cópias
Quicksilver (2003) 8,928 cópias
Anathem (2008) 8,228 cópias
The Confusion (2004) 6,449 cópias
The System of the World (2004) 5,846 cópias
Seveneves (2015) 4,760 cópias
Reamde (2011) 4,227 cópias
Zodiac (1988) 4,083 cópias
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. (2017) 2,006 cópias
Interface (1994) 1,805 cópias
Quicksilver (2003) 1,645 cópias
The Big U (1984) 1,612 cópias
Fall; or, Dodge in Hell (2019) — Autor — 1,449 cópias
The Cobweb (1996) 1,092 cópias
Termination Shock (2021) 899 cópias
The Mongoliad: Book One (2012) 860 cópias
The Mongoliad: Book Two (2012) 401 cópias
King of the Vagabonds (2004) 362 cópias
The Mongoliad: Book Three (2013) 343 cópias
Odalisque (2003) 314 cópias
Cryptonomicon, Part 1 (of 3) (1999) 258 cópias
Cryptonomicon, Part 2 (of 3) (2001) 186 cópias
Cryptonomicon, Part 3 (of 3) (2001) 181 cópias
Atmosphæra Incognita (2019) 121 cópias
Anathem {Part 1 of 2} (2010) 37 cópias
Anathem {Part 2 of 2} (2010) 32 cópias
Les Deux Mondes T1 (2014) 16 cópias
Spew {story} 6 cópias
2006 5 cópias
Choc terminal - tome 2 (2023) 2 cópias
Snow Crash {Part 1 of 2} (2001) 2 cópias
Eos Reader 1998-2008 (2008) 2 cópias
The Future of Ideas 1 exemplar(es)
Seven Eves (Chinese Edition) (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
Locus 526, November 2004 (2004) 1 exemplar(es)
Two for the Road 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (2003) — Introdução, algumas edições1,510 cópias
Steampunk (2008) — Contribuinte — 821 cópias
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door (2010) — Narrador, algumas edições505 cópias
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (2014) — Contribuinte — 239 cópias
Hackers (1984) — Contribuinte — 116 cópias
Disco 2000 (1998) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
Full Spectrum 5 (1995) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon (2013) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Stephenson, Neal
Nome de batismo
Stephenson, Neal Town
Outros nomes
Bury, Stephen (pseudonym)
Data de nascimento
1959
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Fort Meade, Maryland, USA
Locais de residência
Fort Meade, Maryland, USA
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA
Ames, Iowa, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA
Educação
Boston University (BA | Geography | 1981)
Ocupação
novelist
short story writer
essayist
Subutai Corporation (Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder)
Relacionamentos
Jewsbury, George Frederick (samen onder pseud. Stephen Bury)
Organizações
The Clock of the Long Now Project
Subutai Corporation
Premiações
Hugo Award (1996)
Arthur C. Clarke Award (2004)
Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award (1996)
Prometheus Award (2005)
Locus Award (1996, 2000, 2005, 2009)
Agente
Liz Darhansoff
Pequena biografia
Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer known for his works of speculative fiction.

His novels have been categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, postcyberpunk, and baroque.

Stephenson's work explores subjects such as mathematics, cryptography, linguistics, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired. He has also written novels with his uncle, George Jewsbury ("J. Frederick George"), under the collective pseudonym Stephen Bury.

Stephenson has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (founded by Jeff Bezos) developing a spacecraft and a space launch system,[1] and is also a cofounder of Subutai Corporation, whose first offering is the interactive fiction project The Mongoliad. He is currently Magic Leap's Chief Futurist.

Membros

Discussions

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Resenhas

This is a book that reminds me why scifi is my favorite genre. Good scifi holds a mirror to our society, then shatters your perceptions. Like all Stephenson it's difficult to describe but it brings together philosophy & physics in a beautiful and creative way. I'll be thinking about this one for years and years.
 
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lneukirch | outras 289 resenhas | Feb 4, 2024 |
Great ideas. Plot a little puzzling in places, and characterization got weaker as book went on. Characters seemed to be there to advance ideas or themes (like the 3 schoolgirls). Nell the adult didn't seem to have much to do with Nell the child. Still, lots of sociotech stuff to ponder.
 
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roguelike | outras 201 resenhas | Feb 4, 2024 |
When a novel has the premise that everyone on Earth is going to die in two years, it's strange to feel that it's somehow timely. Yet I certainly thought it was apt for current affairs when reading the rapid reaction, or sometimes failure to react well, of the characters in this book when confronted with an all consuming crisis. At least for someone who loves detailed descriptions of propellant use, the most exciting and heartening parts of the novel are the technical challenges in keeping people alive. The most disconcerting are the political dynamics that threaten to upend the entire project. At a time when I'd love to think that we can exert some collective, coordinated action to address pressing problems, it's a reminder that there's a lot of potential and a lot of challenges remaining.

As a story, Seveneves benefits from tremendous imagination and beautiful description of the unfamiliar environments and the ways that characters navigate them. The characters themselves are sometimes hard to follow (there are many!) but it's compelling enough to keep you page-turning. I think if there was one weakness, it'd be that the neatness is just a bit overdone. By the end, it feels like everything tied together in a way that could be amazing, but feels a little bit forced. I take it as a reminder that while plotlines can resolve themselves in an elegant way in fiction, it rarely will in reality.
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Zedseayou | outras 249 resenhas | Jan 30, 2024 |
This was a daunting read, but proved to be an absolute blast. I started and got stuck pretty early, but on coming back I was able to pick up the vocabulary and names a lot more easily and blasted through the rest in a few days. To be sure, this seems to happen for me a with a lot of books, so it's hard to say if this is Anathem-specific, but the ride that Stephenson takes you on is absolutely worth it.

I tried describing this book to people and struggled to get it into words, so here's my best shot. Anathem takes place on a planet similar to Earth in a lot of ways, but most notably there are orders of monastic scholars called avout that segregate themselves off from the rest of the world. We spend a good chunk of the book just figuring out how this life works and dealing with relatively petty drama, and then the plot kicks into high gear.

The first thing that distinguishes Anathem for me is the reworking of vocabulary for many common things. While obviously presenting some barrier to entry, I found this impressive because not only did the words seem like they could easily have existed in English, they reflected something interesting about how we privilege the words we happen to use. For example, "theorics" is a catch-all term that distinguishes academic/theoretical study from "praxic" or practical/actionable affairs. I found this to uniquely emphasise the thought-action distinction as central to scholarship, as opposed to the more discipline-based division we tend to talk about with phrases such as physics vs applied physics.

The other big difference is that Anathem is a book that follows nerdy scholars, and so if you happen to like literally having characters describe thought experiments to each other this book will definitely appeal. In particular, the book discusses a great deal topics on the philosophy of consciousness and thought. I have no idea what the analogues or bases are for these discussions in real philosophy, but the effect (combined with the vocabulary thing) is to make you strongly question the foundations of why you think the things you think, or what you consider to be true and real. As the book develops, this quickly becomes a feature of not just the style but the plot, but I won't spoil any more.

So we are left with a beautifully put together, rich world with good characters, infused with a heavy dose of philosophy and science. Anathem is a trip, truly, that will keep you thinking.

P.S. If I'd make one nitpick, it's that there didn't need to be a romantic subplot...
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Zedseayou | outras 289 resenhas | Jan 30, 2024 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
75
Also by
15
Membros
107,704
Popularidade
#80
Avaliação
4.0
Resenhas
2,533
ISBNs
629
Idiomas
23
Favorito
776

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