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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)

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    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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    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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    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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Fortunately, very little of this dystopian sic-fi has come to pass. It is mildly entertaining in its gross humor and nihilistic approach, but I couldn't get through it. Too much ideating and not enough human interaction for my tastes. ( )
  SusanKrzywicki | Feb 16, 2017 |
Not being a fan of cyberpunk, I was not expecting to enjoy this, at all.

I enjoyed it, a lot. I think the religious stuff was a tad overdone, but other than that, really enjoyed the idea and the kick butt action. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Starts off really strong due to Stephenson's awesome world-building, but gets dragged down in the second half by the boring Babylonian backstory and the silly action heroics of the ending. ( )
  Audacity88 | Oct 31, 2016 |
The story occurs in the near future (published 1992) set in the 21st Century. It occurs in Los Angeles but that is no longer the United States. Private organizations are running it. There is the urban landscape, infrastructure and security. There is also the metaverse which is a successor to the internet or virtual reality space and it is populated with avatars. The protagonist, named Hiro Protagonist is a hacker and creator of the much of the metaverse. The other character is a girl skateboard Kourier named Y.T. or Yours Truly. There is a virus (or mind drug) called snow crash that if you are a hacker and you look at the bit map, you fry your brain and your computer crashes. Raven is trying to distribute this virus to the hackers. A friend, Da5id takes the stuff. Then there is a whole lot of stuff about Sumarian culture (language) and religion and the tower of Babel. There is a lot of technology in the book. This is my second novel by American author Neal Stephenson. My first was Cryptonomicon. I liked that one more than this but this one was more cyberpunk and fantasy and Crypto was more war and code. This book had a way too many Fbombs and a sex scene which I did not think were necessary for the story. Overall, very entertaining. Impressed with this author. ( )
  Kristelh | Oct 2, 2016 |
I would give this 5+ stars for the creative vision of a future world with filled with interesting devices and modes of transportation (I definitely want one of those skate boards!), along with a virtual reality Metaverse where people can hang out with friends. Especially since this book was published in 1992, it definitely deserves its place among Sci-fi cult classics. And I really liked the whole premise behind language acquisition, viruses and religion, but somehow the ideas were fascinating, but the story and characters were not as strong as the ideas, so reading the book was an interesting experience as opposed to completely mind blowing. But still worth the read just for some the mind-blowing ideas. ( )
  jmoncton | Sep 10, 2016 |
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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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Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary 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.

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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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