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Seveneves Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
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“THE MOON BLEW UP WITHOUT WARNING AND FOR NO APPARENT reason.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“But I have to warn you that this is the word—‘politics’—that nerds use whenever they feel impatient about the human realities of an organization.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“We're not hunter-gatherers anymore. We're all living like patients in the intensive care unit of a hospital. What keeps us alive isn't bravery, or athleticism, or any of those other skills that were valuable in a caveman society. It's our ability to master complex technological skills. It is our ability to be nerds. We need to breed nerds.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“any event largely organized by elementary school teachers was likely to come off extremely well from a logistical and crowd-control standpoint.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“The human race might be about to disappear, but not before putting on a two-year frenzy of recreational sex.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“Old Earthers had focused their intelligence on the small and the soft, not the big and the hard, and built a civilization that was puny and crumbling where physical infrastructure was concerned, but astonishingly sophisticated when it came to networked communications and software.”
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
“Fighting isn’t about knowing how. It’s about deciding to.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“As it turned out, imagining the fate of seven billion people was far less emotionally affecting than imagining the fate of one.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“Apparently the part of the brain that identified things as funny kept running as a background process even when its contributions were useless.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“Being right does not always bring satisfaction,”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“All the people saying mean things about me on the Internet are gonna be dead in four hundred and thirty-three days,” she said, deadpan.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“I have been clinically depressed for most of my life. I once used drugs to fix it. Then I stopped. I stopped because I decided they were making me stupid, and I’d rather be miserable than stupid. I am what I am.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“The qualifications for being a Scout seemed to be a shocking level of physical endurance, a complete disregard for mortal danger, and some knowledge of how to exist in a space suit. All of them were Russian.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“Then she felt shock and shame over the fact that she was thinking about coffee while her planet was being set on fire.”
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
“She just didn’t think it decent to live in a place where there were no coffee shops to have breakfast in when she woke up,”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“We are just proceeding adaptively to leverage our core competencies.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“But this was how the mind worked. The mind couldn’t think about the End of the World all the time. It needed the occasional break, a romp through the trivial. Because it was through trivia that the mind was anchored in reality, as the largest oak tree was rooted, ultimately, in a system of rootlets no larger than the silver hairs on the president’s head.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“Seven billion who need to be kept happy, and docile, until the end. How do you do that? What's the best way to calm down a scared kid, get them to go back to sleep? Tell them a story. Some shit about Jesus or whatever.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“It wasn’t just a matter of hiding what you really felt. If you hid your feelings well enough, it actually changed you. A”
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
“He was tempted to park the SUV illegally, since, according to his calculations, the authorities were not likely to catch up with him and demand payment of the parking ticket before the end of the world, but it seemed that most of the people of Seattle were still obeying the rules and so he did likewise.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“Passing through the utility section she considered getting herself a cup of coffee. Then she felt shock and shame over the fact that she was thinking about coffee while her planet was being set on fire. Then she poured herself a cup of coffee anyway and stepped into the Farm.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“Earth looked as if some god had attacked it with a welder’s torch, slashing away at it and leaving thin trails of incandescence.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“Izzy was full of people who were skewed toward the Asperger’s end of the social spectrum, and there was no better way to get them to start talking than to ask them a technical question.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“You’re going to fly a radioactive ice ball the size of the Death Star back here just as the shit is hitting the fan—then what?”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“But Henry wasn’t a parent, and he didn’t understand that when you were, almost nothing was more satisfying than seeing your kid sleep.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“It would be easier,” Doob said, “if I could figure out what the hell she wanted.” “You’re assuming,” Luisa said, “that she has a plan. I doubt that she does. She is driven to seek power. She finds some way to do that and then backfills a rationalization for it afterward.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
“Every parent of a teenager gets used to it: the moment in a child’s life when he or she decides that certain facts are just too much trouble to explain to Mom or Dad. The parents can’t, and needn’t, know every last little thing. They just have to accept this, be content with what they can glean on their own, and move on.”
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