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Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book) (original 1992; edition 2000)

by Neal Stephenson

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Title:Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book)
Authors:Neal Stephenson
Info:Spectra (2000), Reprint, Paperback
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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)

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    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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    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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    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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Mind-blowing, fast paced tour through an America run by the Mafia, and an odd assortment of characters. Uncanny early and accurate descriptions of the internet and virtual reality. ( )
  starkravingmad | May 19, 2018 |
Cyberpunk Sci Fi novel about a hacker in a futuristic world ruled by corporations and a virtual reality. It is a fun and entertaining book. The beginning starts off with a bang with being over the top right away. The story and characters are great, but the world building is where it really shines. The book has action, humor, suspense, and mystery. Although the interesting part of it is the ancient religion references in relation to the overall plot. It can sometimes be hard to read and as it often jumps between reality and virtual reality very quickly. Otherwise, the writing is great and hooked me in. I highly recommend it. ( )
  renbedell | Apr 20, 2018 |
At first it was like, "YEAH! AWESOME!" and then it was like, oh, whatever. Damn, it should have been a comic book! The world building is excellent, and the things it does not do so well... I feel that in a serial like a comic book (or a TV show) it wouldn't show so much. Like uneven and incoherent plotting, or characters that, despite being OMG so cool and badass, barely change or grow or learn. I would have been like, whatever, bad episode, wait for the next issue. But this like... bad total work. But Snow Crash has such an excellent world, and Stephenson can write fantastic, funny, exciting stuff... in spurts. I kept on reading thinking, "It'll happen again, something really awesome! Maybe the next page," reading and flipping until oh, damn, the book was over. That was the last 1/3 of the book.

The whole uh... what is it? universal grammar? and the babel myth? uh... thing. I kept on telling myself, "Come on! Just believe it for a little bit. Just for the book. It'll make it better! Come on, it's a fantasy, it's science fiction, it doesn't have to be FACT, come on, get over it" and I. just. couldn't. do it! He admits that he made BIOS stand for Built-In Operating System instead of Basic In/Out System because it would work better for his world and what he was trying to do, and I'm totally cool with that. It's his world, right? But dammit, I got the feeling that the whole... viral theory was something that was supposed to be OMG so deep and more or less directly applicable to our lives, and I was just not getting the metaphor as he wanted me to get it. ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
If someone's interested in reading an early cyberpunk book, I would recommend this over Neuromancer. ( )
  triphopera | Apr 15, 2018 |
Nice story, very well explained (although the next-future subject tends to boggle your mind) and compelling narrative.

Interesting characters and lots of funny action that doesn't leave you indifferent.

I look forward to more stories in the same universe. ( )
  zjordi | Jan 28, 2018 |
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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
Jensen, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Körber, JoachimÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Podevin, Jean-FrançoisCover 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.
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The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed subcategory. He's got esprit up to here.
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HIRO PROTAGONIST
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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