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Poster:dicingalice
Date:2012-06-27 21:01
Subject:stephenson themed birthday present?
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hello dear communitees! i'm looking for ideas on neal themed birthday presents,
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Poster:ohilya
Date:2011-06-07 09:04
Subject:Reamde: Cover Art
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And the now, what we've all (clearly) been waiting for: the cover art. Click here to see both the UK & North American covers.

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Poster:ohilya
Date:2011-03-09 20:13
Subject:Reamde (II): A Brief Synopsis
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And now, the first hints as to what the book is about have been posted online:

The highly inventive, brilliant author of Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and Anathem returns returns with his most accessible novel to date, a high-stakes thriller in which a wealthy tech entrepreneur gets caught in the very real crossfire of his own online fantasy war game.

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Poster:ohilya
Date:2011-03-07 17:29
Subject:Reamde
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Harper Collins have just announced a date for the publication of Stephenson's next novel, and it is September. More information available here.

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Poster:painless_j
Date:2010-02-18 16:56
Subject:A question about the ending of The System of the World
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I want to talk the ending of the last book of the 'mammoth', The System… It would be very spoilery so I'll hide it under a cut. I'm rather confused and want to hear other readers' opinions. You wouldn't believe how much it's bothering me :) I even had to go find this comm when nobody on my fof-list answered my question.

What was the logic of Eliza's actions?Collapse )

Edit Got the answer, thanks!

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Poster:jengagne
Date:2009-07-22 15:25
Subject:Diamond Age miniseries: still in the works
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Good news, looks like they're still working on Diamond Age:
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118004548.html?categoryId=14&cs=1

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Poster:ohilya
Date:2009-07-19 22:34
Subject:Next Neal Stephenson Novel: Readme
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Neal Stephenson's new book has already been announced, two years prior to publication. It's title? 'Readme'. More information here: http://sfscope.com/2009/07/neal-stephenson-sells-readme-t.html

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Poster:bookhling
Date:2008-09-24 13:58
Subject:What to do now?
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Now that I'm finished with Anathem, I at a loss to what else to read. Months of waiting for the Anathem to come out and I'm done with it in a week! I've read practically every Neal Stephenson work including his writeups from the Wired days... Can someone recommend a decent book?

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Poster:corvar
Date:2008-08-27 21:51
Subject:Book Events
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Information on the book events for Anathem is coming out. You can get a list of events at Tombstone: Anathem Book Events

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Poster:ohilya
Date:2008-07-29 19:52
Subject:Neal Stephenson Talks About Anathem
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Amazon.com has posted a video in which Neal talks about his new book and what it's about. Enjoy!

Update: the above URL now features a second video of Neal reading an excerpt from the novel, as well as the option to download an excerpt of the novel in PDF format.

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Poster:corvar
Date:2008-07-07 16:55
Subject:Gresham Talk
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If you want to hear Neal's talk at Gresham College back in May, you can find it here.

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Poster:kleenexwoman
Date:2008-06-05 17:58
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I know Neal Stephenson describes himself as a terrible correspondent and doesn't put his e-mail address anywhere, but does anyone know how a fan with a burning question could send him a letter?

I'm doing an analysis on the thematic similarities between "Snow Crash" and Philip K. Dick's "VALIS," and the more I work on this paper, the more pronounced the similarities become; it seems like both books are about the exact same subject written from completely opposite viewpoints. Has anyone else read both and noticed this? I really want to ask Stephenson whether he read VALIS and did this on purpose, since I haven't read any interviews or anything where he mentions it...

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Poster:ohilya
Date:2008-05-09 21:47
Subject:Anathem [U.K]. Cover
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Amazon.co.uk has posted the UK cover for Anathem. And it's quite lovely.




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Poster:bridgman
Date:2008-04-23 00:02
Subject:Neal Stephenson on Wikiquotes
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Mood: amused

Over the past 6 months, I have posted a large quantity of quotes on various NS Wikiquote pages, hyperlinking (wikilinking) key words to Wikipedia articles about the real-world analogs to people, places and movements described in NS works.

Perhaps this addiction of mine will provide some Entertainment  via these pages (please pitch in and make your own contributions/links/edits)

:

The Big U, Zodiac and misc. NS quotes:
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Neal_Stephenson

Snow Crash quotes
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Snow_Crash

Diamond Age quotes
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Diamond_Age

Cryptonomicon quotes
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Cryptonomicon

Baroque Cycle quotes (still adding to this one, and it will likely be broken up under the individual volume titles)
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Baroque_Cycle

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Poster:ohilya
Date:2008-04-20 11:02
Subject:Harper Collins
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For those who want to pre-order the book, HarperCollins have finally put up a web-page allowing people to do just that.

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Poster:ohilya
Date:2008-04-07 20:54
Subject:Anathem Cover Revealed
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The Anathem cover has finally appeared, and it's actually quite lovely. Interestingly, the UK and North American markets both feature the exact same cover design.




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Poster:ohilya
Date:2008-03-27 17:03
Subject:Unravelling Anathem
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A bit more information has appeared of late concerning Stephenson's next novel, Anathem. HarperCollins has produced a domestic rights guide in which a list of assorted details concerning different novels acquired by HC are mentioned. One of them is - surprise! - Neal Stephenson. Here's what it has to say:

Stephenson, Neal
ANATHEM
September - $29.95

With this eagerly-awaited new novel, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Stephenson returns to the epic science fiction storytelling on which his fan base was built. Set in the far future, a young "avout" (monk), Erasmus, lives under a vow of poverty. He and his cohorts grow their own food, eschew most technology, and lead lives of contemplation and intellectual pursuit. Then, one day, Erasmus is ousted from the place he has called home since childhood: an alien starship has been observed orbiting the planet and Erasmus is one of a few who have been specially chosen to figure out just what is going on - and what it means for the world. Stephenson's most recent works include Cryptonomicon and the 3 volume epic "The Baroque Cycle" which includes Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World.

First serial, UK, Translation, Audio, Dramatic: Darhansoff, Verrill, & Feldman (917-305-8946)

Amazon.co.uk's information does not quite jive with what HC has produced, as far as indicating what the name of the main character in fact is. There it was Raz, here it is Erasmus. Best guess? Raz is a slangy abbreviation for Eramus within the context of the novel.

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Poster:corvar
Date:2008-03-13 14:07
Subject:Tombstone
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I have owned the Epiphyte.com domain name for a long time. It recently got a facelift, so I thought I would pimp it here.

Tombstone, keeping track of all things Neal Stephenson

It is a work in progress, so please be kind.

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Poster:ohilya
Date:2008-03-13 08:54
Subject:Anathem Synopsis
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Amazon.co.uk has posted a brief description of the book online:

'Here is another brilliantly original novel from the cult author of "Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon". Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians. There, he and his cohorts are sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, unpredictable "saecular" world, an endless landscape of casinos and megastores that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms and busts, dark ages and renaissances, world wars and climate change. Until the day that a higher power, driven by fear, decides it is only these cloistered scholars who have the abilities to avert an impending catastrophe. And, one by one, Raz and his friends, mentors, and teachers are summoned forth without warning into the unknown.'

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