Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson

Author profile

in Fort Meade, MD, The United States
October 31, 1959



twitter username


Bruce Sterling, William Gibson

About this author

Neal Town Stephenson is an American writer known primarily for his science fiction works in the postcyberpunk genre with a penchant for explorations of society, mathematics, cryptography, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired Magazine, and has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff Bezos) developing a manned sub-orbital launch system. He has co-written two books with his uncle George F. Jewsbury under the joint pseudonym Stephen Bury.

Stephenson's books tend to have elaborate, inventive plots drawing on numerous technological and sociological ideas at the same time. This distinguishes him from other mainstream science fiction...more

Average rating: 4.03 · 364,417 ratings · 20,981 reviews · 53 distinct works · Similar authors
Snow Crash
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 127,258 ratings — published 1992 — 66 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Cryptonomicon (Cryptonomico...
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 53,805 ratings — published 1999 — 50 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Diamond Age
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 44,588 ratings — published 1995 — 51 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 30,228 ratings — published 2008 — 36 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 25,441 ratings — published 2011 — 31 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Quicksilver (The Baroque Cy...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 22,770 ratings — published 2003 — 41 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Confusion (The Baroque ...
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 13,636 ratings — published 2004 — 42 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The System of the World (Th...
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 13,183 ratings — published 2004 — 34 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 10,605 ratings — published 1988 — 26 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
In the Beginning...Was the ...
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 5,010 ratings — published 1999 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Neal Stephenson…
Cryptonomicon Criptonomicón II: El Código... Criptonomicón III: El Códig...
Cryptonomicon (3 books)
4.230138400014743 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 54,263 ratings

Quicksilver The Confusion The System of the World
The Baroque Cycle (3 volume) (3 books)
4.087561506816165 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 49,588 ratings

Quicksilver King of the Vagabonds Odalisque The Confusion, Part I The Confusion, Part II Solomon's Gold (The Baroque... Currency
The Baroque Cycle (8 volume) (8 books)
4.262941434525115 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 18,236 ratings

The Mongoliad: Book One The Mongoliad: Book Two The Mongoliad: Book Three
Foreworld (5 books)
3.5628703942282915 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 7,762 ratings

Lavina: Antra knyga
Lavina (1 book)
3.3333333333333335 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 3 ratings

More series by Neal Stephenson…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.


September 2008, Neal Stephenson
"I see this as more and more of a social class issue. I'm remembering the advent of late '60s/early '70s drug culture when I was a kid. Authority figures would try to scare us away from drugs, and whether or not we were actually using drugs, we would just laugh at them because their threats and warnings seemed so overwrought." ...More

more interviews »

“Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.”
Neal Stephenson

“Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.”
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

“The difference between stupid and intelligent people – and this is true whether or not they are well-educated – is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. ”
Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age


These are the nominations for the September Science Fiction Theme: Near Future SF .... This one will be read starting September 15th so make a selection and we'll do a runoff if we need ...

  7 votes 50.0%

  4 votes 28.6%

  2 votes 14.3%

  1 vote 7.1%

  0 votes 0.0%

  0 votes 0.0%

14 total votes

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
SciFi and Fantasy...: Anathem 29 325 Dec 14, 2008 06:08AM  
The Book Challenge: Meghan's 2008 Challenge - COMPLETED 66 367 Feb 19, 2009 08:31AM  
Fantasy Book Club: What are you reading in March? 73 300 Mar 29, 2009 05:36PM  
Beyond Reality: Hugo Awards! 9 104 Apr 05, 2009 07:09PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Librarian Notes are Live 35 135 Apr 21, 2009 11:38PM  
SciFi and Fantasy...: Sequel to Cryptonomicon? 3 197 Apr 26, 2009 07:59PM  
Wild Things: YA G...: What We Are Reading Now 5 51 May 25, 2009 07:48AM  
SciFi and Fantasy...: What I am also reading in April 41 316 Jun 30, 2009 07:43PM  
Beyond Reality: What are you reading right now? 180 392 Jul 01, 2009 01:34AM  

Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Neal to Goodreads.