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One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels—works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture, and philosophy, his books are the products of a keen and adventurous intellect. Not surprisingly, Stephenson is regularly asked to contribute articles, lectures, and essays to numerous outlets, from major newspapers and cutting-edge magazines to college symposia. This remarkable collection brings together previously published short writings, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a new essay (and an extremely short story) created specifically for this volume.
Stephenson ponders a wealth of subjects, from movies and politics to David Foster Wallace and the Midwestern American College Town; video games to classics-based sci-fi; how geekdom has become cool and how science fiction has become mainstream (whether people admit it or not); the future of publishing and the origins of his novels. Playful and provocative, Some Remarks displays Stephenson's opinions and ideas on:
By turns amusing and profound, critical and celebratory, yet always entertaining, Some Remarks offers a fascinating look into the prismatic mind of this extraordinary writer.
Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Stephenson is a kind of polymath, and this collection shows it. All is interesting, and you can see some stuff that wound up in his novels. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MG CT
Intelligent. Interesting. Fun. It's Neal Stehenson - what else is there to say!Published 3 months ago by C. Greene
Since these are essays, it has no plot. Interesting to hear personal viewpoints of Stephenson that are not assumptions drawn from his novels. Read morePublished 5 months ago by skip little
Stephenson, as most who have read his novels would agree, is a person who can take a boring subject, research it to death, then write about it in a snappy, funny and informative... Read morePublished 7 months ago by arcarc_reviews
Stephenson is at his best wrestling with interesting ideas.Published 12 months ago by Karl Gallagher
This is a great read, especially for Neal Stephenson fans who are interested in the research behind books like Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycles. Read morePublished 15 months ago by willsmartin44
I first became a fan of Neal Stephenson's writing when I discovered his brilliant fiction: "Cryptonomicon," "Reamde" and his Baroque Cycle novels. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alan L. Chase
Since the author has a double trajectory. the book should be better without the.insistence in addressing only compulsive SciFi readers. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jose Sanchez Alarcos