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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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Aug 11, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: sci-fiandfantasy

It took me a few chapters to get into Snow Crash because I'm so familiar with Stephenson's later work. It felt strange to go from the etymologically intensive Anathem to cyberpunk. Snow Crash includes one of the earliest uses of "avatar" in cyberspeak and a virtual cyber-reality that resembles Second Life, where hackers of various proficiencies mingle and do business. The story follows Hiro Protagonist and and a 15-year-old courier named Y.T. as they try to understand a new virus called Snow Crash that is a contemporary version of an ancient religious system of transmitting knowledge and skill through linguistic/organic virus delivery methods. The tablets containing the linguistic signifiers for the virus have been discovered by a religious fanatic who wants to use them to re-program and control the masses through the development of a "new religion." Fantastic writing by my favorite sci-fi author.

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