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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash (1992)

by Neal Stephenson

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    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (davesmind, jbgryphon)
    davesmind: Although Snow Crash is a classic of cyberpunk, I think Ready Player One has a more captivating story - especially if you played video games in the 80's
    jbgryphon: RPO's OASIS owes it's existence as much to Neil Stephenson's Metaverse as to the miriad of geek universes that are included in it.
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    Neuromancer by William Gibson (thebookpile)
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    Count Zero by William Gibson (thebookpile)
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    Daemon by Daniel Suarez (thehoodedone)
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    Halting State by Charles Stross (infiniteletters)
  8. 20
    The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson (atrautz)
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    Omnitopia Dawn: Omnitopia #1 by Diane Duane (pammab)
    pammab: To explore the possibilities of virtual reality in the near future. Duane's is much more traditional and pro-corporate fantasy; Stephenson's is more humor-based anti-corporate cyberpunk.
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    The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod (Noisy)
    Noisy: Anarchy viewed from both sides of the fence. 'Snow Crash' offers the capitalist view and 'The Star Fraction' offers the socialist counterpart.
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    The Stone Canal by Ken MacLeod (bsackerman)
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    Virtual Light by William Gibson (Moehrendorf)
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    City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams (romula)
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This is really interesting very good book that reminds me of Stephenson's Reamde. It just compounds events in funny ways with a tidy(and quick ending, there is no falling action for this book). Mostly I was in awe from imagining writing it,a lot of the ideas seen halfway almost plausible (although you see Stephenson's anarchist view). He has such an artful way of surrounding you in a universe so I prefer the baroque series since I can feel like I'm with the scientists (it's great when learning science to feel like you know Newton)

It won't fail you in being entertaining ( )
  Lorem | Jan 24, 2015 |
Highly entertaining. Snow Crash is packed with interesting ideas and funny moments and has a good tempo. Recommended to cyberpunk fans and mere mortals alike. ( )
  Noa.Tamir | Dec 28, 2014 |
Highly entertaining. Snow Crash is packed with interesting ideas and funny moments and has a good tempo. Recommended to cyberpunk fans and mere mortals alike. ( )
  Noa.Tamir | Dec 28, 2014 |
Probably my favorite Neal Stephenson, and the best cyberpunk book I've read (though sadly there isn't much competition of note). Snow Crash is a lot of fun, featuring a world that manages to both portray a cyberpunk dystopia and satirize the cyberpunk genre simultaneously. There's a lot of humor here, but also action aplenty, and ideas about how a cyberpunk world might look like and work that are surprisingly thought provoking. It's far from flawless- Stephenson loves his lengthy academic tangents, he can't write an ending to save his life, and personally I find Hiro Protagonist's name more groan inducing than anything else- but for what it is it's pretty great. One of the most cliché things a book can be described as is "a roller coaster ride," but here that description is apt. I wish there were more authors out there that could infuse a page turner with decent science fiction elements, or alternatively write science fiction that's incredibly entertaining in terms of both ideas and writing, but Neal Stephenson is head and shoulders above any other author I'm aware of in this regard. It's not perfect, and if you want narrative complexity and deep ideas that go beyond the universe at hand you're better off reading Gene Wolfe or Stanislaw Lem, but for page-for-page entertainment value Stephenson's Snow Crash is hard to beat. If you enjoyed this one also check out Stephenson's The Diamond Age and the underappreciated Zodiac. ( )
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  ngunity | Nov 23, 2014 |
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Hiro Protagonist (who has chosen his own name, of course) turns out to be entertaining company, and Mr. Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow that is as farcical as it is horrific.
Stephenson has not stepped, he has vaulted onto the literary stage with this novel.
added by GYKM | editLos Angeles Reader
A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.
added by GYKM | editSan Francisco Bay Guardian

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Neal Stephensonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jensen, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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snow n. . . . 2.a. Anything resembling snow. b. The white specks on a television screen resulting from weak reception.

crash v....--intr. . . . 5. To fail suddenly, as a business or an economy.
---The American Heritage Dictionary

virus. . . . [L. virus slimy liquid, poison, offensive odor or taste.] 1. Venom, such as is emitted by a poisonous animal. 2. Path a. A morbid principle or poisonous substance produced in the body as the result of some disease, esp. one capable of being introduced into other persons or animals by inoculations or otherwise and of developing the same disease in them. . . . 3. fig. A moral or intellectual poison, or poisonous influence.
--The Oxford English Dictionary
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The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed subcategory. He's got esprit up to here.
Last of the freelance hackers
Greatest sword fighter in the world
Stringer, Central Intelligence Corporation
Specializing in software-related intel
(music, movies & microcode)
When you are wrestling for possession of a sword, the man with the handle always wins.
"Did you win your sword fight?"
"Of course I won the fucking sword fight," Hiro says. "I'm the greatest sword fighter in the world."
"And you wrote the software."
"Yeah. That, too," Hiro says.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553380958, Paperback)

From the opening line of his breakthrough cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future. It is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet--incarnate as the Metaverse--looks something like last year's hype would lead you to believe it should. Enter Hiro Protagonist--hacker, samurai swordsman, and pizza-delivery driver. When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what's a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue. A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:18 -0400)

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In the future the only relief from the sea of logos is the computer-generated universe of virtual reality? But now a strange computer virus, called Snow Crash, is striking down hackers, leaving an unlikely young man as humankind's last hope.

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