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Two things inspired Neil Stephenson to write Anathem: first, the Long Now Foundation's Ten Thousand Year Clock project and second, Roger Penrose's book The Emperor's New Mind. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Vincent Poirier
I read and LOVED Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon. I finished Anathem, but because I did, I really don't know if I'll ever read another one of his books after this one. Read morePublished 6 days ago by M. Cloney
Anathem is not like "Snow Crash" or "The Diamong Age" (other novels from the author). It's science fiction but not cyberpunk. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Pedro Correia
A fantastic book by Mr Stephenson. Different from his others, and intellectually challenging.Published 9 days ago by Sean K. Blanchet
Take one part of each: Astronomy, Overzealous Civilian Policies, Orbital Mechanics, Parallel Universes, Information Technology, and Overcoming Adversity. Stir well and enjoy!Published 10 days ago by RJ from Orlando
This is a long and complicated book. At first I was rather confused and considered giving up. Definitions necessary for understanding are doled out a bit at a time throughout. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Stanley Townsend
Worth getting past the slow start. A well thought out alternative earth. Have liked other Neal Stephenson books better, but then those books were superb efforts (Snow Crash,... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mark Dowden
Interesting alternate human world but tons of philosophical diversion that didn't build to either a very profound insight or conflict/resolution. Read morePublished 11 days ago by TRG
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|Orbit dynamics are just hosed||
If you responded at all I guess you've "played the game", though you chose to do it in a passive-aggressive way. Maybe that means you'll continue.
My ad hominem comments were intended to be amusing, but they supported my point, which stands: This was a novel that featured some talk of... Read More
Aug 30, 2010 by Amazon Customer | See all 5 posts
|HTW seems based on discredited platonic ideas...||
This whole book is really an argument similar to the chicken and the egg statement. You seem to be arguing that the egg (the physical world) came first. Stephenson is arguing that the chicken (An archetype where we came from; a.k.a. HTW) came first.
Generally, people would agree with you... Read More
Nov 13, 2008 by Bryan M | See all 7 posts
|How is this different from "A Canticle for Leibowitz"?||
I have read Canticle and Anathem and found no plaigiarism conflict, borderline or otherwise. Anathem is nothing like Canticle, don't let the robes throw you.
Sep 22, 2008 by Earthling | See all 22 posts
|Question about HTW and causality for those who have read the book||
I did not come away from this book thinking that the Geometers went in reverse of the Hylaean Theoric Flow. It would in essence mean they went against the laws of nature. I do think they may have gone at a slower speed affected by their space travels(?) Besides the Calca what section in the story... Read More
Sep 27, 2008 by Earthling | See all 45 posts
|What became of Jad?||
I think during launch Fraa Jad sorted through all the possible outcomes of the mission, and chose the best one: the one in which the delegation from Arbre and the civilizations on the vessel are able to reach conciliation. In that reality, he happens to die during launch, so his choice was one of... Read More
Dec 8, 2009 by Dmitry Portnoy | See all 5 posts
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