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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)

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This is a stark view our humankind's not so distant future. The world has been broken apart and separated into albeit smaller, more powerful forces. The United States of America's government has been reduce to several small fenced-in miles, hosting boring gray-stone official looking buildings that do an incredible amount of nothing to help govern their remaining citizen. Yet those still employed by the USA are subjected to the most rigorous, stress filled exams almost weekly, to obviously ensure that they are not giving away secrets. The only way to unwind and not succumb to complete and total insanity is to spend your every waking moment in a virtual reality known as, "The Meta Verse."

With the downfall of any real organized government, naturally the Mafia is at an all time high in ownership, however crime is no longer their number 1 import/export, ironically enough, delivering pizza in less than 30 is Uncle Enzo's top priority, and at a 99.99% customer satisfaction rating he aims to keep it that way.

Insert main character Hiro Protagonist, appropriately named. Hiro deliver's for Uncle Enzo but after having a rather strange run-in with a local courier his life and entire understanding changes drastically. After losing his Mafia pizza delivery job Hiro spends quite a bit of time surfing around the Meta Verse. Here anything goes. You can purchase actual real-estate, build houses, customize your avatar to your sad little hearts content, and as some of the most proactive hackers have recently discovered do drugs. Insert Snow Crash. This however is not a drug, it's a virus and it's slowly taking over the entire world. Below are some of my favorite quotes:

"Now I have a different perspective on it. America must look, to those poor little buggers down there, about the same as Crete looked to those poor Greek suckers. Except that there's no coercion involved. Those people down there gve up their children willingly. Send them into the labyrinth by the millions to be eaten up. The industry feeds on them and spits them back images, sends out wealth and exotics things beyond their wildest dreams, back to the people, and it gives them something to dream about, something to aspire to. And that is the function of the Raft. It's just a big old krill carrier." [Chapter 14, Page 119]

"The people of America, who live in the world's most surprising and terrible country, take comfort in that motto. Follow the loglo outward, to where the growth is enfolded into the valleys and canyons, and you find the and of the refugees" [Chapter 24, Page 191]

Hiro, along with several colorful characters, including the Courier that cost him his job, Y.T. [presumably meaning Yours Truly] set out on an insane rumpus to discover those behind Snow Crash and try to put an end to it before the world is destroyed. ( )
  Joseph_Stelmaszek | Jun 27, 2017 |
Se întâmplă arareori să apară un scriitor care nu suportă comparaţie – un scriitor atât de original, încât redefineşte modul în care privim lumea. Neal Stephenson este un astfel de scriitor şi Snow Crash este un astfel de roman, care împleteşte realitatea virtuală, legendele sumeriene şi aproape tot ceea ce a existat între ele cu o excelentă şi extrem de actualizată cibersensibilitate, oferindu-ne un gigathriller al erei informaţionale. În Realitate, Hiro Protagonist livrează pizza pentru CosaNostra Pizza Inc., însă în Metavers e un prinţ războinic. După ce plonjează în misterul unui nou virus al computerelor care distruge hackerii de pretutindeni, aleargă pe autostrăzile luminate de neon, îndeplinind o misiune al cărei obiect este ameninţarea infocalipsei.
Snow Crash este o zbenguială năucitoare printr-o Americă a viitorului, atât de bizară, atât de imorală...
  thebblack | Jun 23, 2017 |
Cyberpunk, dated but still interesting. My main complaint was way too much exposition especially in the second half.

But NS can certainly create an intriguing world and likes a lot of action. ( )
  majkia | Jun 21, 2017 |
A re-read of a pre-Goodreads favorite of mine from the cybergeek front, this one might have been even more enjoyable the second time around. A terrific lead named Hiro Protagonist, his sidekick YT (for Yours Truly or Young Thing, depending on whom you ask) and a brilliant mix of Reality and Metaverse makes this one a standard for the genre. I suspect that I will be reading or re-reading Neal Stephenson's works for the rest of my life. And now that Google Earth is with us, I'll never again track down a location without thinking of this terrific book. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
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 |
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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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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.
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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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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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