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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.
Luckily, this compilation of essays and short stories has enough diversity to satisfy any kind of Stephenson fan.
His early cyberpunk short story "Spew" anticipates much of the same literary style Stephenson would use in "Cryptonomicon" and the "Baroque Cycle".
Read this book, learn something amazing you had no idea you needed to know, and enjoy a couple of good yarns too.
You have to be a fanboy to purchase and like this book, l am, and did, but may not have wider appeal.Published 6 months ago by P. Bell
I'm about 2/3 of the way through this, and I've found it to be an enjoyable read. I think for fans of Neal Stephenson, this is more quality content. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dodrithard
He is no less than brilliant and these are some very interesting essays. I didn't know, for example, how somewhat autobiographical Reamde was.Published 11 months ago by John E. Zipay
What would your reaction be if you have seen Riemann zeta function on page 10 of a novel? Mine was along the lines of "we've got some interesting sci-fi author here, let's go on!". Read morePublished 13 months ago by Emre Sevinc
Buy this for the answer to the question "Who would win in a fight between Neal Stephenson and William Gibson? Read morePublished 13 months ago by T. Goul
What can you say? Neal Stephenson is one of my favorite non-recognized philosophers of the era. The essays are excellent and have given me a lot of food for thought.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
William Gibson deserves everything he gets in his essay mention! Neal Stephenson is complex and intriguing with the gift of being plain-spoken. A must read for fans. I met Mr. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow. I was engrossed with reading these essays, he has a rather interesting point of view and I was happy to listen. Read morePublished 16 months ago by John Hampton III
Some of the pieces in this book are interesting if you've read a lot of Stevenson and want to know more, probably not so much otherwise. Read morePublished 17 months ago by herbivorous