Live Video Chat With Neal Stephenson

recorded Sep 21, 2011 03:00PM

Enter the giveaway for Reamde
(type q in front of your question to highlight that question in chat)
Patrick Brown:
Aug 30, 2011 01:03PM
Join us on Wednesday, September 21 at 6 pm Eastern/3 pm Pacific for a live video chat with author Neal Stephenson. Neal will be discussing his latest novel Reamde with Goodreads founder and CEO Otis Chandler. The chat will last approximately one hour, and it will be recorded for those who can't make it to the live discussion.
PABlo Bley:
Sep 19, 2011 09:29PM
Can't miss this... can't wait to read the rest of Reamde!
Mykle Hansen:
Sep 19, 2011 10:27PM
"The clip you are looking for has been removed" ...
Jeremy Armer:
Sep 19, 2011 11:08PM
Sweet, hope I get home from work in time.
David Wol:
Sep 19, 2011 11:22PM
Nice. Should have the book by then.
Sarah Scrivano:
Sep 19, 2011 11:24PM
Sorry; I will still be at work at that time.
Craig Moran:
Sep 19, 2011 11:52PM
Can't wait it will be midnight here but some things are worth staying up for
Micah Gafford:
Sep 20, 2011 12:13AM
join you where....
Shivani Singh:
Sep 20, 2011 01:40AM
yeah that's what i'm saying join you where?
Günther Mulder:
Sep 20, 2011 01:43AM
That'll be around midnight here in Europe - still: I'll make a note. Great having this, though!
Rockets Redglare:
Sep 20, 2011 04:00AM
Damn, the book is $16.99 on my Kindle, most expensive I've ever seen, and I still may buy it. LoL
Rockets Redglare:
Sep 20, 2011 04:01AM
q Anybody out there reading Ian McDonald?
Sue Lange:
Sep 20, 2011 04:34AM
This is fantastic. I've got a meeting at that time, though. Will this event be recorded for viewing later?
SubterraneanCatalyst -Censorship is for the Weak:
Sep 20, 2011 06:12AM
I'm so excited! I can't even think of any questions..just compliments lol :)
Gurur Sarbanoglu:
Sep 20, 2011 06:21AM
Wow! This should be really good!
Joyce Clifford:
Sep 20, 2011 06:35AM
?Did you conceive The Baroque Trilogy while writing Cryptonomicon or following its completion? If you'd like to share, I'd love to hear how the Baroque Trilogy came about. I love the books and the character so much.s
Richard Ward:
Sep 20, 2011 07:12AM
q: I would also love to hear about the Cryptonomicon/Baroque Cycle Question (I believe it has something to do with the book, "Darwin Amongst the Machines"). I would also like to hear more about the main characters Eliza/Shaftoe brothers/Waterhouse/Root combination and how they relate (if at all) to any persons from history.
Donna D.:
Sep 20, 2011 07:34AM
This is great, thank you to whomever set it up.
Michael Boyce:
Sep 20, 2011 11:42AM
very much looking forward to this
Norman Green:
Sep 20, 2011 12:38PM
I've only read snow crash. And deeply loved it.
Scott Lahman:
Sep 20, 2011 01:33PM
Book is great thus far. Started reading it last night.
Patrick Brown:
Sep 20, 2011 01:50PM
Since several people have asked, yes, this will be recorded and archived right here on this page shortly after the live chat is over.
Norman Green:
Sep 20, 2011 02:39PM
what should I read next after Snow Crash -- and whatever you recomment, is it as good?
Richard Hundt:
Sep 20, 2011 03:01PM
I read The Diamond Age after snow crash, but Anathem really blew me away, and Cryptonomicon's fantastic as well
Racquel:
Sep 20, 2011 03:27PM
q am I missing something here or is everyone sitting around looking at a blank screen?
Patrick Brown:
Sep 20, 2011 03:34PM
The chat is tomorrow at 6 Eastern/3 Pacific, Racquel. It hasn't started yet.
Martin:
Sep 20, 2011 06:24PM
q What I want to know is, is that The Diamond Age miniseries/TV show ever happening? I certainly hope so because I think The Diamond Age (one of my favourite novels) would translate rather brilliantly to TV (not so much film, it needs more running time than a film can offer). Any word, Mr. Stephenson?
teresa:
Sep 20, 2011 06:30PM
i can't wait!!!!!
Xoom:
Sep 20, 2011 10:46PM
Can't wait.. go to bed now
Ben Stanfield:
Sep 21, 2011 07:50AM
q With HBO's success with the big budget Game of Thrones series, any chance they might pick up something like The Baroque Cycle or Diamond Age and do it justice?
Margaret Shooshani:
Sep 21, 2011 09:15AM
? What sparked your interest in currency and cryptography? Did your curiousity of these subject plant the seeds for your novels or did you become interested in these subjects as your wrote?
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 10:02AM
q Hi, this is a great idea. I didn't have the opportunity to meet Stephenson yet. I hope you won't talk too much about REAMDE because I like knowing nothing at all of a book (or a film, game, etc.) before actually reading it. And there's so much to talk about... So please all keep the mystery alive!
Jackson Chan:
Sep 21, 2011 11:34AM
Neal Stephenson once expressed that the beginning of The Diamond Age served as an end to the cyberpunk period of his work, after having dedicated Snow Crash to the form. Nevertheless, I found the intro to The Diamond Age as one of the more enthralling aspects of his work so far. I wonder why he felt the need to close the book on cyberpunk so quickly after one book in the genre. Did he forsee it becoming passe soon thereafter (in 1996, as the Internet erupted into popular usage shortly after the fact)?
Fabrizio:
Sep 21, 2011 11:47AM
oh, my goodness, I probably won't make it, it'll be midnight here. I look forward to the recorded video.
Patrick Brown:
Sep 21, 2011 11:48AM
Jackson C: Yes, we'll have a recording up soon after the live chat is over.
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 12:35PM
There was an interview with Neal Stephenson recently on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewal...
Jeffery Evans:
Sep 21, 2011 12:45PM
q What made you return to internet culture as a subject for your work?
Aaron Poorman:
Sep 21, 2011 01:02PM
q : is there any chance we will ever see a Snow Crash film adaptation ? It was always one of my favorite books and I am hoping Reamde captures some of that same magic.
Mwia:
Sep 21, 2011 01:04PM
This guy is a god.
Philip Thomas:
Sep 21, 2011 01:16PM
q It's hard to get as excited about a book's cover art as you would with, say, an album. Some of your earlier books in particular have quite striking covers. How much attention do you give to the cover, fonts etc your books get printed with? Does it even matter?
Deanna Knippling:
Sep 21, 2011 01:46PM
Yay! Recording! Wahhhh! Can't go!
Deanna Knippling:
Sep 21, 2011 01:47PM
q Look, I just want to know when we're getting smart wheels.
Deanna Knippling:
Sep 21, 2011 01:47PM
I am looking forward to reading Reamde soon :)
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 01:51PM
Philip Thomas>He wrote the whole Baroque Cycle with a quill! Then transcript the whole thing on emacs and finally wrap it up with a personal script. Total control.
Tommy Berkert:
Sep 21, 2011 01:55PM
How mutch time did you spend researching the Baroque Cycle?
Philip Thomas:
Sep 21, 2011 01:59PM
hey_ghis - I was referring to the final version of the books that end up on shelves in stores. A lot of musicians are known to pay a lot of attention to the artwork/packaging their albums come in, but generally speaking authors don't seem to be as concerned about how their work is presented. I find that curious.
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 02:00PM
q Following your thoughts on education (wikipedia taking over role of professors) from talk given almost exactly 3 years ago at google, I would like to ask if you have any ideas about "fixing" current education system and what has to be done in your opinion to leverage changes that have happened in last 20 years.
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 02:02PM
q There have been rumors and facts about proposed The Diamond Age TV-miniseries by George Clooney. Can you comment on whether this project is going to happen or not?
Daniel Lobo:
Sep 21, 2011 02:07PM
Hey everyone, cheers from Argentina!
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 02:31PM
test
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 02:38PM
So looking forward to whenever Amazon delivers my copy of Reamde, can't believe they are saying I won't get it until next week :(
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 02:39PM
Cheers back at you Daniel from Michigan
Chael MacDonald:
Sep 21, 2011 02:43PM
Watching from my hotel in Livorno Italy...Stoked
Stefan Raets:
Sep 21, 2011 02:44PM
Eagerly waiting for this while working on my review of REAMDE (was lucky enough to get an early copy for review)
Stefan Raets:
Sep 21, 2011 02:45PM
I'm working on my review of REAMDE while waiting for this to start...
Stefan Raets:
Sep 21, 2011 02:46PM
Ah sorry for the repetition, thought my first message didn't go through! *back to writing*
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 02:46PM
@Craig - Kindle FTW! You could have the book in like 15 seconds!
Daniel Lobo:
Sep 21, 2011 02:47PM
This week Argentina blocked imported books in our country... thanks God I have the Kindle :P
Daniel Lobo:
Sep 21, 2011 02:47PM
Kindle FTW!
Chael MacDonald:
Sep 21, 2011 02:48PM
Argentina blocked imported books?
Chael MacDonald:
Sep 21, 2011 02:49PM
What does that even mean? The blocked the import of all books from outside the country?
Chael MacDonald:
Sep 21, 2011 02:49PM
They*
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 02:49PM
Why Daniel?
Tommy Berkert:
Sep 21, 2011 02:49PM
q How mutch time did you spend researching the Baroque Cycle?
0spinboson:
Sep 21, 2011 02:50PM
q Given your interests in history and currency, have yous een David Graeber's recently released book Debt: The First 5000 years, and if so, what did you think of it?
Daniel Lobo:
Sep 21, 2011 02:50PM
Yeap, it means that :P Sorry for writing it in a confusing way
Chael MacDonald:
Sep 21, 2011 02:51PM
I'm sorry to hear that...shouldn't there be riots in the streets or something?
Daniel Lobo:
Sep 21, 2011 02:51PM
@Sonya: I don't know, they did the same with some electronic devices a few months ago and most Apple products
Daniel Lobo:
Sep 21, 2011 02:52PM
But you know, we're south americans, we still manage to get the things :D, but way more expensive of course
Si Wang:
Sep 21, 2011 02:52PM
why did they block the importation of books?
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 02:52PM
@Daniel are you living in Farenheit 451-Land?
Si Wang:
Sep 21, 2011 02:53PM
nvm
Marcia Bolton:
Sep 21, 2011 02:53PM
q how do you pronounce Readme ? and what does it mean ? i have only read about 20 pages
Daniel Lobo:
Sep 21, 2011 02:53PM
jajaja
Marcia Bolton:
Sep 21, 2011 02:56PM
q What was the last book that you read?
Ilene Frank:
Sep 21, 2011 02:57PM
It's REAMDE - as if it were a mispelling of readme.
Patrick Brown:
Sep 21, 2011 02:57PM
Welcome, everybody. We'll be getting underway shortly. Thanks so much for tuning in.
Wmbates:
Sep 21, 2011 02:59PM
q Hello Neal, this is Bill Bates, we last talked when I was at Simon & Schuster...
Rob Needham:
Sep 21, 2011 02:59PM
I'm aquiver with anticipation.
Mark Yon:
Sep 21, 2011 02:59PM
Hi patrick and Neal. This is Mark Yo from SFFWorld...
Mark Yon:
Sep 21, 2011 03:00PM
Or even Mark Yon from SFFWorld LOL!
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:00PM
hi, greg from London tuning in. I love REAMDE so far!
Rob Needham:
Sep 21, 2011 03:00PM
camera... making me... ill...
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:00PM
No Kindleing for me, I prefer the real thing
Cindy Zhu:
Sep 21, 2011 03:01PM
Need to get the book after this video chat -- excited!
Jordan Peacock:
Sep 21, 2011 03:01PM
I second the question re: David Graeber/Debt
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:02PM
has the chat been moved?
Jordan Peacock:
Sep 21, 2011 03:02PM
q what personal/societal benefits do you see the existence of science fiction bestowing?
Jordan Peacock:
Sep 21, 2011 03:03PM
q Anathem seemed to be, amongst other things, a meditation on an alternate academia. What are some positive trends and what concerns you with modern Western academia?
Jeffery Evans:
Sep 21, 2011 03:03PM
Stream doesn't appear to be working...
fred:
Sep 21, 2011 03:03PM
Anyone getting the chat video feed?
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:03PM
q Hello Neal, I'm a longtime fan. Did you travel in China and particularly Xiamen to research for your book? I visited there in 2008 and was shocked to see a chunk of your story set there.
fred:
Sep 21, 2011 03:04PM
nevermind
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:04PM
q Is T'Rain supposed to be an "app" like an iOS game or is it more traditional, for Windows? (Or is its Outlook hooks a giveaway?)
Gregory S.:
Sep 21, 2011 03:04PM
The video is working fine for me.
Cindy Zhu:
Sep 21, 2011 03:04PM
Crashed -- too many people tuning in at once?
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:04PM
working ok here fred
G. C.:
Sep 21, 2011 03:04PM
q Can we get a different interviewer?
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:04PM
It showcrashed. heh heh heh
Rob Needham:
Sep 21, 2011 03:05PM
q Would you say you have to labor much over writing a fight scene? I'm told that a fight scene with the right balance between providing adequate detail but not getting lost in itself is one of the most difficult elements in writing literature. I read that you enlisted a "ballistics copy editor" (not Lisa Gold I guess?), to help govern your gunfight details - do you have to think much about how much is too much?
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:05PM
What a coincidence, I didn't know about Reamde plot and I was reading again Snow crash for a while...
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:05PM
good one Andrew
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:05PM
up to 170
Rachel Gallagher:
Sep 21, 2011 03:05PM
q How did you come up with the weapons and technology in Snow Crash?
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:05PM
higher
Justeenetta:
Sep 21, 2011 03:06PM
cant't get a feed
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:06PM
q You always seem to write about interesting clades of people (Richard's family, the Shafthoes); is that based off your family?
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:07PM
Justaneeta, I had to switch to medium quality
Daniel Lobo:
Sep 21, 2011 03:07PM
q Hey Neal, here's a 20 year old fan from Buenos Aires, Software Engineering student :) Thanks GOODREADS for this, it's great to hear him talking like this
fred:
Sep 21, 2011 03:07PM
will you ever revisit the world of Jack Shaftoe, or Randall Waterhouse?
Josh Lub:
Sep 21, 2011 03:07PM
q: How tempting was it to name the "LaTerre" character in Anathem "Enoch Root"???
Justeenetta:
Sep 21, 2011 03:08PM
I a neophyte to the technology, don;t know what medium quality means
Patrick Brown:
Sep 21, 2011 03:08PM
If you guys are having issues with the feed, try switching to a lower quality.
Archebius:
Sep 21, 2011 03:08PM
WoW is for the raiders, any more. From what I've heard.
Daniel Lobo:
Sep 21, 2011 03:08PM
q RT: fred: 0 minutes ago will you ever revisit the world of Jack Shaftoe, or Randall Waterhouse?
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:08PM
me too @Will
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:08PM
q Are you still as interested in computers as you were when you wrote Snowcrash, or has their ubiquity changed your view of "cyberspaces" like the Street and T'Rain?
David Wright:
Sep 21, 2011 03:09PM
Man, this video is NOT working for me...
Jeffery Evans:
Sep 21, 2011 03:09PM
It's working on windows for me, but not on OS X / Safari or Chrome.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:09PM
at bottom right of picture will be a pull down menu to chosse quality
James White:
Sep 21, 2011 03:09PM
@Norman: I would read "Diamond Age" next. There is even a little easter egg that refers back to Snow Crash.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:09PM
*chose
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:09PM
It's working fine for me in Chrome now.
Justeenetta:
Sep 21, 2011 03:09PM
the cursor vanishes when I try to put it near the screen
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:09PM
Justeeneta
Dimday:
Sep 21, 2011 03:10PM
I'm using Ubuntu & Chromium and it's working for me.
David Wright:
Sep 21, 2011 03:10PM
q After reading The Baroque Cycle (which I loved, BTW) I found myself wondering what you consider to be the 'main point' of the trilogy was. The books are so far ranging that it really could be quite a few things. Could you describe what you conisder to be the main point of the Baroque Cycle?
Dan Lopez:
Sep 21, 2011 03:10PM
What about a game like Flower?
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:10PM
Pretend it works, and click
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:10PM
q As a writer and researcher, whose fought with swords and designed longnow-ish clocks, what Leatherman do you recommend for every day use?
Kashif:
Sep 21, 2011 03:11PM
lol
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:11PM
@Will Todd, check his tour schedule and cross-reference.
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:11PM
oh fffff Second Life? No, no, no.
Sheryl Cohen:
Sep 21, 2011 03:11PM
is this happening? I don't see anything
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 03:11PM
q i think snow crash is still a possibility and in some ways a reality. People still go online in 3D virtual worlds to "hang out" and also use social networking to connect. Some people basically live their lives online. I've spent a considerable time on Second Life and it is in someway similar to the world in snow crash. Second life is still doing well.
Michael Dudley:
Sep 21, 2011 03:12PM
Not seeing any video... Firefox and IE on Windows 7
Justeenetta:
Sep 21, 2011 03:12PM
nothing on bottom left of screen. wah!! I very dissappointed
G. C.:
Sep 21, 2011 03:12PM
Worst interviewer ever.
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:12PM
It's on now.
Paul Collins:
Sep 21, 2011 03:12PM
OpenSim seems like a nice evolution beyond SecondLife. No scarcity when you can throw up your own server.
Luke:
Sep 21, 2011 03:12PM
why didn't they hang the banner straight?
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:12PM
q Do you still use Mathematica for sketching out ideas, or have you moved on? Also, you use a lot of software for creative endeavors, what's been your favorite?
Simsian Sims:
Sep 21, 2011 03:12PM
q: Mr. Stephenson, what do you think of Andrew Leonard's comment on Salon.com that REAMDE may be too accessible? http://www.salon.com/books/2011/09/18...
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:13PM
try bottom right
Mark Yon:
Sep 21, 2011 03:13PM
Michael: happening for me in Firefox, if that helps...
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:13PM
right side of video window, above chat log in Win7/IE
Dav Yaginuma:
Sep 21, 2011 03:13PM
Dude writes fiction, he doesn't want to talk about current reality
Rob Needham:
Sep 21, 2011 03:13PM
q to the interviewer. are you Mel Backman from The Golden Child?
Justeenetta:
Sep 21, 2011 03:13PM
the laptop screen? the video screen the cursor vanishes
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:13PM
q Now that you and Gibson have set aside your differences to save the world from Bruce Sterling, do you think Charles Stross is a viable thread to the Western World?
Brett Miller:
Sep 21, 2011 03:14PM
q With your interest in money and cryptography, have you been following the progress of BitCoin?
Natasha Hurley-Walker:
Sep 21, 2011 03:14PM
Watching from Australia, using Chromium and Ubuntu, works intermittently for me. Bottleneck between here and the US I guess.
fred:
Sep 21, 2011 03:14PM
q will you ever revisit the world of Jack Shaftoe, or Randall Waterhouse? Or any of the characters from those books?
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:16PM
q In SC you had a very acid vision of future America (specializations: movies, microinformatics and pizza deliveries) which is pretty accurate considering the state of industry in the US. Do you still share this vision?
Justeenetta:
Sep 21, 2011 03:17PM
justeenetta gives up. hi & bye everyone
Dan Wallace:
Sep 21, 2011 03:17PM
Next time, let Mr. Stephenson come up with his own questions.
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:17PM
hey_ghis, good question.
Franklyn Monk:
Sep 21, 2011 03:17PM
Anyone else having problems playing the stream under Chrome 14.0.835, OS X 10.6.8?
Jeffery Evans:
Sep 21, 2011 03:18PM
I'm starting to think questions from the chatroom are being ignored.
G. C.:
Sep 21, 2011 03:18PM
I agree: Dan Wallace: 0 minutes ago Next time, let Mr. Stephenson come up with his own questions.
Greg Pearson:
Sep 21, 2011 03:18PM
where are these questions coming from?
Archebius:
Sep 21, 2011 03:18PM
@Mark, that combination is working fine for me.
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:18PM
Q On a scale of 1 to 'soul-destroyingly', just how bored is Mr. Stephenson with this video chat?
David Wright:
Sep 21, 2011 03:18PM
Don't dis fortran, it's still one of the most used languages out there.
Marva Dasef:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
Gold farmers in an MMORG? Cory Doctorow did that well in For the Win.
Dav Yaginuma:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
martin, ha, really
Greg Pearson:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
@Martin : 8
Jeffery Evans:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
@Martin - LOL!
Si Wang:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
more than soul-destroingly
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
c'mon mr stephenson, show the love!
Si Wang:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
*destroyingly
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
My guess to Martin is 6
David Wright:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
somewhere above 6, probably. I think he thinks ol' boy is taking him a bit too seriously.
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
Mark Hendrix: working fine for me. had to click play left bottom of video and just after then in the middle
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
i don't think the chat is boring at all. it's very interesting with great questions
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:19PM
Are you considering writing your books directly in French (you began a bit in Anathem)
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:20PM
@ Martin LOL. He sort of always generally sounds bored and annoyed though, in my experience.
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:20PM
right on!
Si Wang:
Sep 21, 2011 03:20PM
yaya
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:20PM
@Beverly: I agree
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:20PM
q Was Lawrence Waterhouse (Cryptonomicon) supposed to have been Autstic?
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:20PM
...We can't find any of your last books here in France so it limits your impact on French minds :)
Jakob Widerberg:
Sep 21, 2011 03:20PM
woohoo reader questions
John Daly:
Sep 21, 2011 03:21PM
q Is the modern Shaftoe scion doing well?
Stefan Raets:
Sep 21, 2011 03:21PM
q In REAMDE, is the name "Skraelin" meant to be ironic in a sort of meta-way, given how D-squared reacted to the K'Shetriae name?
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:22PM
yay, thx for taking my question guys.
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:22PM
q What about questions which were asked at the beginning (see chat history)
Si Wang:
Sep 21, 2011 03:22PM
q How much do you write everyday? Do you write a certain number of words everyday or spend a set number of hours writing?
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:22PM
q Who has been your favorite character, and why? Same question for the various worlds you've created.
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:22PM
q Following your thoughts on education (wikipedia taking over role of professors) from talk given almost exactly 3 years ago at google, I would like to ask if you have any ideas about "fixing" current education system and what has to be done in your opinion to leverage changes that have happened in last 20 years.
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:23PM
q There have been rumors and facts about proposed The Diamond Age TV-miniseries by George Clooney. Can you comment on whether this project is going to happen or not?
Franklyn Monk:
Sep 21, 2011 03:23PM
@Marian, thanks. Still can't get it. Hopefully I'll have it worked out in time to watch the archived video.
Jeffrey Smith:
Sep 21, 2011 03:24PM
q Hi Neal, love your work. Most of your books seem to emphasize strong family ties, or the importance of belonging to a strong group. Has this come up during your career and family life?
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:24PM
Oh, no! Now I'll have to stop reading the book. ;-)
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:24PM
great questions Marian!
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:24PM
Thank you for announcing spoiler alert. I muted. I have only just started my first Neal book...!!!
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:25PM
Interviewer should wave right hand when spoiler is over...!!!
Jeremy Armer:
Sep 21, 2011 03:25PM
q Did you spend a lot of time in the Philippines? I found your descriptions of Manila very accurate and Filipinos make a few appearances Snow Crash also. in Snow
Patrick Goldmann:
Sep 21, 2011 03:25PM
q did you really switch to scrivener? also, i'd love to have a look at your .emacs ;)
Quinn Palmer:
Sep 21, 2011 03:25PM
It's over haha
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:25PM
Unmute Paul
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:25PM
haha .emacs.d would be cool :)
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:25PM
Thanks guys! :^)
Patrick Brown:
Sep 21, 2011 03:26PM
Sorry guys. We're getting to your questions now.
Kyle Swank:
Sep 21, 2011 03:26PM
q Amazing stories, thanks for sharing them with us. I was curious of your writing process. Are there any tips you can share with us new and aspiring writers?
Quinn Palmer:
Sep 21, 2011 03:26PM
Question for people in the chat room here: did anyone else have a super hard time reading Anathem because of the incredibly odd word choices?
Jeffery Evans:
Sep 21, 2011 03:26PM
Nice followup! Thanks!
Quinn Palmer:
Sep 21, 2011 03:26PM
oops
Archebius:
Sep 21, 2011 03:26PM
It was cool to see he'd switched to scrivener. It's a pretty awesome program.
Mark Yon:
Sep 21, 2011 03:26PM
Agh: connection just thrown me out!!
Kashif:
Sep 21, 2011 03:27PM
a little, though for me that was part of its allure
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:27PM
only for the first hour or so, then it became "normal"
Greg Pearson:
Sep 21, 2011 03:27PM
q A main recurring theme in your works seems to be "The more things change, the more they stay the same" i.e. social interaction in Snow Crash, cryptography / information in 'monicon and the altered vs 'real' reality of Anathem. how soes Reamde fit into this? What has changed but stayed the same?
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:27PM
@Quinn Palmer, I actually had a harder time with the various names and titles in the Baroque Cycle than Anathem.
Mark Yon:
Sep 21, 2011 03:27PM
There are 'technical issues' evidently...
Dav Yaginuma:
Sep 21, 2011 03:27PM
Quinn, I didn't. I enjoyed that part actually
Patrick Goldmann:
Sep 21, 2011 03:27PM
i'm sad he switched away from emacs :(
Marva Dasef:
Sep 21, 2011 03:27PM
@Quinn: I always name Neal as my fav author, but I couldn't get through Anathem. Maybe it was the word choices.
David Wright:
Sep 21, 2011 03:27PM
Quinn: I loved anathem because of the word games. I think it's Neal's best books so far.
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:28PM
no issues here Mark
Jeffrey Smith:
Sep 21, 2011 03:28PM
I really enjoyed Anathem, it does require effort keeping up with his custom terminology, but defineately worth it.
Archebius:
Sep 21, 2011 03:28PM
@Quinn Palmer http://xkcd.com/483/
Owain:
Sep 21, 2011 03:28PM
It was a little like reading high fantasy - you get used to the meanings of the words by context, and what starts out incomprehensible is normal after a hundred pages or so.
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:28PM
q In SC you had a very acid vision of future America (specializations: movies, microinformatics and pizza deliveries) which is pretty accurate considering the state of industry in the US. Do you still share this vision?
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:28PM
Quinn, for me a had to dedicate long read sessions, it wasn't one to pick up for a min or two and put down
David Wright:
Sep 21, 2011 03:28PM
Who here read the Baroque Cycle?
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:28PM
@ Quinn and Andrew - I actually bought a Europeon History textbook to fully understand all that stuff.
Quinn Palmer:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
Fair enough guys. To be honest, Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon are tied for me favorite. @Archebius, my thoughts exactly when I asked the question :)
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
@ David ME! LOVE IT!
Quinn Palmer:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
@sonya That's amazing haha. I should def do that.
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
this is a really good interview, i'm so glad I logged on
fred:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
i read the baroque cycle 3 or 4 times
Anne-Marie Skjong-Nilsen:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
I read Snow Crash way back in high school but I'm getting back into reading and want to read more of his stuff. I've heard a lot of good things about his latest book
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
@Archebius: Nice link!
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
loved the baroque cycle
Mark Yon:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
Thanks Craig. It's slowly coming back...
Kashif:
Sep 21, 2011 03:29PM
i couldn't get into boroque cycle
Margaret Shooshani:
Sep 21, 2011 03:30PM
Loved Baroque Cycle...began reading it in the square in Boston. Like traveling back in time.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:30PM
Not true, In UK people just say my "Mobile"
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:30PM
@ Quinn found it at a used book store for $3!
Quinn Palmer:
Sep 21, 2011 03:30PM
Snow Crash. Best boo kever
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:30PM
AWill: Baroque Cycle
Quinn Palmer:
Sep 21, 2011 03:30PM
@Sonya Most of the best books I have came that way.
Tom Fitch:
Sep 21, 2011 03:31PM
q Neal, I think it would be interesting to see your bookmarks. Do you use a service like delicious or pinboard by any chance?
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:31PM
@willtodd: Snow Crash
Jakob Widerberg:
Sep 21, 2011 03:31PM
The Big U - loved it.
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:31PM
true in US. In fact kills me when I talk to my Mom and she still does say Cellular Phone LoL
Marva Dasef:
Sep 21, 2011 03:31PM
Baroque Cycle: The shortest 2500 words I ever read. I'm in 2nd go thru now. Love Jack Shaftoe.
Dan Wallace:
Sep 21, 2011 03:31PM
Has Mr. Stephenson read Cory Doctorow's 'For The Win' and does he have any thoughts about it?
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:31PM
Big U is very funny
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:31PM
Will Todd: The Diamond Ago
Matthew:
Sep 21, 2011 03:31PM
q Can you talk about your creative process--how you begin, how you decide to focus your energy on, etc., especially given the ephemeral nature of technology?
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:32PM
*Age
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:32PM
The Big U is an awesome book, no lie
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:32PM
q I second Marian's question about Diamond Age mini-series rumour produced by G Clooney. Is that happening?
James White:
Sep 21, 2011 03:32PM
q What advice can Mr. Stephenson give to my aspiring, 8th grade writers?
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:32PM
loved diamond and crypt, hard to compare , 2 very different books
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:33PM
Yay. My question!
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:33PM
Ah, balls.
Marcia Bolton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:33PM
q of all your books which one do you like the best
0spinboson:
Sep 21, 2011 03:34PM
q given your interests in currency and history, have you heard of David Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 years?
Patrick Brown:
Sep 21, 2011 03:34PM
Miniseries is definitely the way to go. The best stuff is now made on TV, rather than cinema.
Eric Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:34PM
Is the interviewer actually Crispin Glover?
Marva Dasef:
Sep 21, 2011 03:34PM
The Tudors! Yay. Mini-series can rule.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:34PM
Like reading Dickens crossed with Mark Twain, and Lawrence Stern
Michael Dudley:
Sep 21, 2011 03:34PM
I'm on Verizon Fios -- I wasn't able to see the livestream video until I changed my DNS settings. http://www.livestream.com/forum/showt...
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:35PM
q , given all the new tech over the past few years, is their a strong future for the "cyberpunk" genre
Jeffery Evans:
Sep 21, 2011 03:35PM
I would watch Snow Crash miniseries on Showtime or HBO.
Michael Castello:
Sep 21, 2011 03:35PM
q What are your thoughts on how digitization enables the infinite distribution of entertainment content?
Chris Melnick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:35PM
q Other than your own novels, what are the top books you would recommend for people to read?
Dan Wallace:
Sep 21, 2011 03:35PM
q Has Mr. Stephenson read Cory Doctorow's 'For The Win' and does he have any thoughts about it?
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:35PM
q: which of your books would you most like to see adapted into another medium?
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:35PM
@ Will ANATHEM was not my favorite when I read it, but it has grown on me a lot as I've thought about different parts.
Eric:
Sep 21, 2011 03:35PM
q There are very few organs that feature prominently in fiction. The prostate appears over and over in yours. Why do you think this is?
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:36PM
whoever did Gormangast would get my vote
Quinn Palmer:
Sep 21, 2011 03:36PM
q What do you read in your spare time?
Andrew Burton:
Sep 21, 2011 03:36PM
q What is your EDC (every day carry) like?
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:37PM
I'm afraid the movie/tv folk would water down snow or diamond, much of the humor would be lost in translation
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:37PM
q Which writer(s) do you think influenced your writing the most.
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:37PM
Not to butt into the conversation but I'm 300 pages in Anathem and I am *loving* it.
Michael Castello:
Sep 21, 2011 03:37PM
Haha, Anathem is the first Stephenson book I've read.
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:38PM
q if you had to pick one director to bring your work to the screen who would it be?
Michael Castello:
Sep 21, 2011 03:38PM
I didn't realize he wrote shorter ones.
Gregory S.:
Sep 21, 2011 03:38PM
A shame the interviewer isn't really familiar with Stephenson's body of work.
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:38PM
@ William really it depends if you prefer brilliant, hilarious historical fiction, or brilliant, hilarious dystopian space opera.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:38PM
Sir Isaac Newton I get the feeling would be one of the writers, I'm beginning to think
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:38PM
In fairness, it has to be intimidating to be interviewing someone as ruthlessly intelligent as Neal Stephenson.
Chris Wolff:
Sep 21, 2011 03:39PM
q Did you get the Shaftoe name from the "Bobby Shaftoe" nursery rhyme? How do you pick character names?
Justeenetta:
Sep 21, 2011 03:39PM
installeed google chrome. still no feed
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:39PM
@Martin me too. almost halfway thru REAMDE I am REALLY digging it!
Jakob Widerberg:
Sep 21, 2011 03:39PM
Try Zodiac as a way to get into his early writing - short, captivating, funny
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:39PM
@ Martin.....TRUE DAT!
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:39PM
@Martin oops i thought you said Reamde
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:39PM
well put Martin
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:39PM
Actually, Cobweb or Interface would be prety good shorter works to get started on
Tom Fitch:
Sep 21, 2011 03:40PM
he should base a character on this interviewer
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:40PM
Zodiac is catchy, funny and accessible. Go for it.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:40PM
Thanks for mentioning "Bobby Shaftoe" song
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:40PM
@ Greg No worries, I am convinced I will enjoy the hell out of Reamde, too.
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:40PM
zodiac was great :) but not especially typical Stephenson novel
Christian Hansel:
Sep 21, 2011 03:40PM
q When doing research for BC, did you visit the places like Leipzig? I was amazed by the specific description of the localities
Marva Dasef:
Sep 21, 2011 03:40PM
Q Am I safe to make historical arguments based on what you write? Well, I will do so anyway. And where is Qwghlm?
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:41PM
q Are you done with Shaftoe because you put a little aside your family heritage?
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 03:41PM
q Do you plan to write another book similar to snow crash that explores how technology can impact society in the future?
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:41PM
Zodiac is a fun one for sure!
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:41PM
Qwghlm LoL
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 03:41PM
oh well i guess that's my answer
Jakob Widerberg:
Sep 21, 2011 03:41PM
or go waay back and Google for "in the beginning was the command line.." 20 pages of hilarious genius.
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:42PM
@Marian I agree, not like his others at all
Darth Moe:
Sep 21, 2011 03:42PM
q and how the hell do you pronounce qwghlm?
Rowan Manahan:
Sep 21, 2011 03:42PM
Reamde is magnificent and I hope some of those characters can have a life in some other work. Looking to the past, did you keep writing, or at least putting a skeleton together, for the futures of Randy, Avi and Epiphyte? Did the river of gold = "fuck-you money" for Avi?
fred:
Sep 21, 2011 03:43PM
In the beginning was the command line is a great book, but it's not fiction.
Tom Fitch:
Sep 21, 2011 03:43PM
"in the beginning" is awesome
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:43PM
that part of diamond was sooo B A
Si Wang:
Sep 21, 2011 03:43PM
q How do you come up with the plot in your stories? Do you come up with a good idea and just go with it or do you know how your story is going to end?
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:43PM
@ Darth - I read is as 'quelm'. But tha's just me.
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:43PM
oh yeah i forgot about Zodiac. Eco-activism, yeah!
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:43PM
lss than expected :(
Christian Hansel:
Sep 21, 2011 03:43PM
q Will the meta phisolophical world of anathem be further explored in a future book?
Philip Thomas:
Sep 21, 2011 03:44PM
q The internet seems to have created a trend towards more shorter pieces of writing rather than long-form works. Do you think the novel will have to change in the internet age?
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:44PM
HE IS ANSWERING MY QUESTION
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:44PM
NS: not true. USA is still the largest manufacturing industry in the world.
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:44PM
q Will the meta phisolophical world of anathem be further explored in a future book?
Dan Wallace:
Sep 21, 2011 03:45PM
That anthology is an excellent idea.
Jeffery Evans:
Sep 21, 2011 03:45PM
Space elevator!
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:45PM
"techno optomistic" good phrase
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:45PM
or i should say "still a leading manufacturer"
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:45PM
@Greg......China?
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:45PM
Still
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:45PM
or should it be techno optoMYSTIC?
Vince Pinelli:
Sep 21, 2011 03:46PM
q One fo the things I have l really admired is how in the natural flow of the story line you bring in such diverse topics as greek mythology and the roel of Anthena, and wher words shit and such come from. Do you keep a list of interesting things that you could use or do you come to a point in the story and do research? Or do you know all this esoteric stuff and enjoy finding ways ot use them?
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:46PM
q ever consider writing for the younger audience, there seems to be a void in that area now for good sci-fi
Jeffery Evans:
Sep 21, 2011 03:46PM
I'm just hoping for a greater emphasis on technology over magic...
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:46PM
Someone just exploded off-screen.
Michael Castello:
Sep 21, 2011 03:46PM
q What do you think of the concept of posthumanism?
Margaret Shooshani:
Sep 21, 2011 03:46PM
Love the idea of going back to optimistic sci-fi!!! So much of the old stuff, while great has lost some of it's magic with how quaint it is.
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:46PM
ah VV is so fun
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:46PM
http://shopfloor.org/2011/03/u-s-manu...
Dan Wallace:
Sep 21, 2011 03:46PM
NO, don't avoid it. It's a great topic.
Martin Grider:
Sep 21, 2011 03:47PM
This is supposed to start in 15 min, correct? Should I be concerned that it doesn't work yet?
Marva Dasef:
Sep 21, 2011 03:47PM
q any Golden Age or 50-60s era SF writers you consider the pinnacle of SF for that period? eg. Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein?
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:47PM
ok @Greg I'll check it out
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:47PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_...
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:47PM
@Martin - it's on right now. Been going for 40 minutes.
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:47PM
"remains the world's largest manufacturer, representing 19% of the world's manufacturing output"
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:47PM
but i digress
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:47PM
Outdated info from March Greg
Nicholas Wood:
Sep 21, 2011 03:47PM
q Who do you think are the best writers in science fiction today?
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:48PM
martin, reload
Jeme Brelin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:48PM
Stephenson needs to read Debt: The First 5000 years.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:48PM
serialized novel, back to Dickens-esque, as he just said
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:48PM
personal ubiquitous what?
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:48PM
literature platform
Martin Grider:
Sep 21, 2011 03:48PM
noooooooooo!
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:49PM
@ Paul literary platform
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:49PM
well, USA does still make stuff, to be sure.
Michael Dudley:
Sep 21, 2011 03:49PM
@Martin -- For a while I couldn't get livestream to work. Try changing your DNS settings, worked for me. http://www.livestream.com/forum/showt...
Michael Castello:
Sep 21, 2011 03:49PM
literature platform
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:49PM
q give us the instructions for subscribing!
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:49PM
Greg: very interesting article, thanks for sharing
Jordan Peacock:
Sep 21, 2011 03:49PM
Jeme: seconded
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:49PM
@Allyson ty
Paul Acciavatti:
Sep 21, 2011 03:49PM
Otis is doing his best, not trying to be mean... but it's REALLY hard to listen to him. he kind of sounds like he walked into the room and was surprised that there was an author and a webcam there
Jordan Peacock:
Sep 21, 2011 03:50PM
@Allyson Erick: mongoliad.com
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:50PM
q what was your biggest bug fix that you recall in your writing
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:50PM
Thx Justin
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:50PM
The Mongoliad: I have the iPhone app!
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:50PM
sorry, Jordan
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:50PM
http://mongoliad.com/
Jordan Peacock:
Sep 21, 2011 03:50PM
np
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:51PM
Anyone else buy an iPad mainly because they read The Diamond Age? I did!!
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:51PM
I enjoyed seeing Greg Bear involved with Mongoliad
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:51PM
downloading ap now!
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:52PM
thanks for asking both of my questions!
Jakob Widerberg:
Sep 21, 2011 03:52PM
@ Craig Yes totally! It was the first thing I thought of
Vince Pinelli:
Sep 21, 2011 03:52PM
q Why is only the first book of the Baroque on audio tape. My wife is visually imapired and after I read the book got her the audio book. Can we expect the rest of the series and other books in audio form?
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:53PM
q is thatgap what inspired some of the ideas in diamond age
fred:
Sep 21, 2011 03:54PM
Vince, they are all available in audio format
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:54PM
@Vince - you can get them all from audible.com
Donna D.:
Sep 21, 2011 03:54PM
q Would you classify your own education as strong in liberal arts? (ie critical thinking, formal logic, rhetoric, etc.)
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
haves and have nots. Internet cannot level the system becasue the lower income kids DO NOT have access to the internet. Having taught those kids, I assure you that they do not even have books, paper or pencils
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
technology does not educate!
Kyle Swank:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
@Vince y up, just checked audible. there are several books... 1-8
Josh Lub:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
we don't really care about the interviewer's iPad fetish
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
iPad? No, the TABLET will really change things...
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
research Ruby Payne's study on have vs have not
Nicholas Wood:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
q I'm curious to know if you have any thoughts on video games as a story-telling/artistic medium of its own. Hiro Protagonist in Snow Crash seems dismissive of video games as more than toys--do you think that was oversight on your part, or are games not a viable artistic medium in your opinion?
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
Well I didn't say that American industry is falling behind China's one but I saw lately this Steven Chu's presentation with quick facts about very modern chinese manifacturing industries with robots and stuff. I checked it out and it looks China is slowly winning the tech challenge. Fact: USA lost roughly a third of its production in around 20 years, Europe stayed flat and China is booming
Matthew:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
this interviewer guy is super awkward
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
@ Allyson, I totally agree
Cris Whetstone:
Sep 21, 2011 03:55PM
iPads only educate those that can afford them.
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:56PM
@ Beverly I have to disagree with you on that.
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:56PM
@Mjd yep...
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:56PM
Got one of the authors! Dickens
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:57PM
@Allyson Thank you... RE: have/have not
Vince Pinelli:
Sep 21, 2011 03:57PM
thanks - last time I checked it was not - I will get it tonight
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:57PM
He likes Matt Ruff. Excellent.
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
And it was the mood in Snow Crash with highways everywhere, individualisation at its peak, companies winning over government, specialisation in entertainment : very cyberpunk vision :) (in France Jacques Attali looks it a bit)
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
@ Beverly many kids having an interactive experience with technology have a much richer learning experience than sitting in a class being 1 in 30 students with 1 teacher.
fred:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
Neal. Thanks!!!!
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
I could give you nightmares…...
Marian Such:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
Thanks for this amazing live chat! The interview was little bit strange in the beginning, but it was fine in the end. More of these please :)
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
Boom.
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
THANK YOU NEAL!
Caio Miranda:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
:(
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
Thank you Neal
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
That was abupt!
Greg Franklin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
awesome stuff!
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
Wow, someone puled the plug early
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
ThX Neal!
Tom Fitch:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
Thanks, Neal
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
Abrupt.
Rob Needham:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
He and Matt are good friends, they both live in Seattle I believe
Patrick Brown:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
Tahnk you guys for the excellent questions. Sorry Otis couldn't get to them all.
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
thanks Neal
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 03:58PM
@Allyson If you're a teacher, I hope you don't give up.
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
it snowcrash'd or what?
Craig Carter:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
Thank you Neal, that was interesting
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
May I say, he seems much more accessible than I thought he would be.
Patrick Brown:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
Don't forget to add Reamde to your to-read shelves, if you haven't already plowed through it.
Marva Dasef:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
Well, I guess the time limitations kicked in. Too bad so many questions were left unanswered.
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
And Neal, too.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
It says "enter the giveaway, but it also says when you go to do that, that the winners have already been selected.
Philip Thomas:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
Thanks Neal!
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
@ Sonya, based on what? I haven't seen any real proof of this. I don't believe technology will solve the education problem
Donna D.:
Sep 21, 2011 03:59PM
I missed the first half hour, seemed to me, he was just warming up and then it was over :(
Mjd:
Sep 21, 2011 04:00PM
that hour went by too quickly
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 04:00PM
@ Donna the video will be available later
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 04:00PM
I had my back broken in 1997, just now am hearing that Work/comp will consider finishing fixing it.
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 04:00PM
I could say to my children I had a faint connexion with Neal Stephenson through one question in a live chat from my little village in Maine-et-Loire, France. I'm happy.
Rob Needham:
Sep 21, 2011 04:00PM
@Patrick Brown Loved how you cut Otis off mid-ramble.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 04:00PM
But, I still try to keep hand in. I wa one of the first to bring kids into the video studio to learn directing, vid production.
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 04:01PM
@Allyson Prayers.
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 04:01PM
lol@ hey
Martin:
Sep 21, 2011 04:01PM
Otis is currently throwing up.
Beverly:
Sep 21, 2011 04:02PM
bye everyone, i'll have to do this again
Paul Collins:
Sep 21, 2011 04:02PM
That was fun! Thanks.
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 04:02PM
@ Beverly #1 looking the fact that the way we are doing it now, with 1 teacher to 30 kids, no resources, and no time to do much of anything but babysit and document their every move IS NOT WORKING. But kids who have access to technology and can learn and explore at their own pace generally thrive in school DESPITE the poor quality of the edcuation system.
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 04:02PM
Well, I hope that good reads will keep this up. It seemed to peak a little over 250. This is the first one of these I have done, it was great! maybe with too many people, it would not be as much fun?
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 04:02PM
Well, I hope that good reads will keep this up. It seemed to peak a little over 250. This is the first one of these I have done, it was great! maybe with too many people, it would not be as much fun?
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 04:02PM
(why did that go twice?
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 04:03PM
@ Sonya Do I detect the voice of experience?
Paul:
Sep 21, 2011 04:03PM
Looking forward to the next video interview.'night all
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 04:04PM
@Allyson both my parent were public school teachers in Mississippi for 30 years.
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 04:04PM
parents*
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 04:04PM
The year after I had my back broken, the news showed unnamed schools with a ton of broken computers all pilled up in the auditorium. That was my school
Sonya Pickens:
Sep 21, 2011 04:05PM
Nice
Allyson Erick:
Sep 21, 2011 04:05PM
Well, TTFN! (Ta Ta for Now!)
Jackquack:
Sep 21, 2011 04:07PM
What was the name of the book? "Mirage"?

SO MANY BOOKS SHARE THAT TITLE!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mirage-Soheir...
http://www.google.com/products/catalo...
Patrick Brown:
Sep 21, 2011 04:10PM
The recording is up, so if you missed the live chat, you should be able to watch the recording in its entirety now.
Otis Chandler:
Sep 21, 2011 04:31PM
@martin: ha
Otis Chandler:
Sep 21, 2011 04:31PM
Thanks for listening everyone!
hey_ghis:
Sep 21, 2011 04:37PM
Thanks guys, hope a transcript will be vailable :)
David Lever:
Sep 21, 2011 04:41PM
q How have readers responded to mathematics content in your books?
Gagan Bansal:
Sep 22, 2011 07:12AM
q Do you ever think that the content of your books can be quite heavy reading and that it may be inaccessible to the general average reading public? How do you try to work around that problem?
Jonathan Shapira:
Sep 23, 2011 06:11AM
The interviewer is an ass. He has no chemistry with the author and asks redundant questions. Waste of time.
Mark Higginson:
Sep 26, 2011 08:54AM
I'm fifteen minutes in and it feels like an hour. Sound is terrible and the interviewer needs to be more dynamic. You have Neal Stephenson all to yourself in a room FFS.
Pol Llovet:
Sep 26, 2011 07:56PM
Is this thing still live?
Pol Llovet:
Sep 26, 2011 07:58PM
The audio is very quiet (pretty muffled too), so it is hard to hear. The interviewer is wooden and (sorry to say) quite boring. Please improve this!
Fredrik Lundhag:
Sep 28, 2011 01:33AM
Spolier alert at 23:30
Steve:
Oct 03, 2011 03:00PM
On page 427 Zula and Jones get into the same taxi they had taken earlier, even though that taxi was rammed by a van, pushed off a pier onto a cargo boat, and dumped overboard into the harbor earlier. p. 371.
This book is Stephenson's best -- long and involved, but less self-absorbed than his works since Crash.
Paul Miros:
Oct 11, 2011 01:47AM
hello :)
Paul Miros:
Oct 11, 2011 02:00AM
bye for now, guys
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About Neal Stephenson

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.
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