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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.
Read this book, learn something amazing you had no idea you needed to know, and enjoy a couple of good yarns too.
This is a great read, especially for Neal Stephenson fans who are interested in the research behind books like Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycles.
I will give him back to the world unharmed but altered for the better, and the world will never again be the same.
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 14 days ago by arcarc_reviews
Stephenson is at his best wrestling with interesting ideas.Published 4 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 7 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 8 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 8 months ago by Jose Sanchez Alarcos
You have to be a fanboy to purchase and like this book, l am, and did, but may not have wider appeal.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 19 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 20 months ago by John E. Zipay