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Snow Crash. (German) Paperback – June 1, 2002


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Goldmann (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 344245302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3442453023
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,267,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer, known for his speculative fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk. Stephenson explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, 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.
Born in Fort Meade, Maryland (home of the NSA and the National Cryptologic Museum) Stephenson came from a family comprising engineers and hard scientists he dubs "propeller heads". His father is a professor of electrical engineering whose father was a physics professor; his mother worked in a biochemistry laboratory, while her father was a biochemistry professor. Stephenson's family moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1960 and then to Ames, Iowa in 1966 where he graduated from Ames High School in 1977. Stephenson furthered his studies at Boston University. He first specialized in physics, then switched to geography after he found that it would allow him to spend more time on the university mainframe. He graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography and a minor in physics. Since 1984, Stephenson has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Seattle with his family.
Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic "The Baroque Cycle" (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bartsutra on August 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Only Neal Stephenson can bring out a relationship between Ancient Sumerian and binary, and that connection causes knowing either one well to make a person susceptible to control by others. Only he could get away with giving the main character a name like Hero Protagonist. This Book is full of absurdities, yet Neal Stephenson manages to pull them off with grace and beauty. In a future vaguely similar William Gibson's, Hero try's to find out why an old colleague has gone catatonic and who caused it, and also hopes to renew a romantic relationship in the process, not to mention make a few bucks on the way.
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This is a fun cyberpunk adventure which I enjoyed reading a lot. The story takes place in two worlds, the first is the physical world which has changed considerably from the one we know. The land has been divided up into franchises owned by corporations, churches and the Federal government. Each franchise has their own laws with enforcement provided by corporations and in one case automated systems (Fido is very cool).

The other world is the metaverse, a 3D internet where people interact through avatars, in many ways it resembles the physical world but for hackers the rules can be different.

The story concerns a virus that crashes computer systems, but also human minds or more specifically hacker minds. The story revolves around two central characters, the first is Hiro, a Katana wielding hacker who also delivers pizza in the real world for the Mafia. The other is a young girl Y T, who is a courier on an air board. Together they investigate and discover a plot to control people's minds.

For me the best part of the book is some of the ideas it explores, the main one being the linguistic virus that is the core of the story. There's some excellent and interesting thinking behind this that was a joy to unravel. The ideas for the world were also fascinating, for example the floating city built around an aircraft carrier that sails around the Pacific Ocean.

The pacing of the story is spot on and once it gets started clips along at a decent pace, there's a decent mix of characters (Raven is a fun bad guy) and it's well written. Overall an excellent read.
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I purchased this on my phone and will be returning it since I don't speak German. Also, it took quite some time to get to its destination. The novel Snow Crash is excellent though.
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3.5 stars. Equal parts ridiculous but cool. Some parts of the novel really dragged, but it more than made up for it with some imaginative scenes and concepts. Perhaps most amazing the story managed to make sense in the end despite making almost no sense to me in the middle of the story, so much so that I nearly gave up on it.
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