Neal Stephenson

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Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Average rating: 4.05 · 690,242 ratings · 42,610 reviews · 84 distinct worksSimilar authors
Snow Crash

4.03 avg rating — 204,780 ratings — published 1992 — 88 editions
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Cryptonomicon

4.25 avg rating — 88,137 ratings — published 1999 — 57 editions
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The Diamond Age: Or, A Youn...

4.19 avg rating — 72,264 ratings — published 1995 — 60 editions
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Seveneves

3.99 avg rating — 70,809 ratings — published 2015 — 6 editions
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Anathem

4.18 avg rating — 54,068 ratings — published 2008 — 43 editions
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Reamde

3.97 avg rating — 43,405 ratings — published 2011 — 33 editions
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Quicksilver (The Baroque Cy...

3.92 avg rating — 32,714 ratings — published 2003 — 36 editions
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The Confusion (The Baroque ...

4.25 avg rating — 20,429 ratings — published 2004 — 37 editions
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The System of the World (Th...

4.31 avg rating — 18,954 ratings — published 2004 — 29 editions
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Zodiac

3.71 avg rating — 15,905 ratings — published 1988 — 30 editions
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Criptonomicón I: El código ... Criptonomicón II: El código... Criptonomicón III: El códig...
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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

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“See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places,”
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

“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

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“The human race might be about to disappear, but not before putting on a two-year frenzy of recreational sex.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves

“the federal government needs to be scaled back to a size where he can personally stomp it to death with steel-toed boots.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves

“This was governed entirely by Newtonian mechanics. Each piece of the moon attracted every other piece more or less strongly depending on its mass and its distance. It could be simulated on a computer quite easily. The whole rubble cloud was gravitationally bound. Any shrapnel fast enough to escape had done so already. The rest was drifting around in a loose huddle of rocks. Sometimes they banged into one another. Eventually they would stick together and the moon would begin to re-form.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves

“THE MOON BLEW UP WITHOUT WARNING AND FOR NO APPARENT reason.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves

“boys had been programmed by Darwinian selection to run around in the open chucking spears at wild animals—something”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves




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