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John Percival Hackworth is a nanotech engineer on the rise when he steals a copy of "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" for his daughter Fiona. The primer is actually a super computer built with nanotechnology that was designed to educate Lord Finkle-McGraw's daughter and to teach her how to think for herself in the stifling neo-Victorian society. But Hackworth loses the primer before he can give it to Fiona, and now the "book" has fallen into the hands of young Nell, an underprivileged girl whose life is about to change. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Stephenson's fourth solo novel, set primarily in a far-future Shanghai at a time when nations have been superseded by enclaves of common cultures ("claves"), abundantly justifies the hype that surrounded Snow Crash, his first foray into science fiction. Here, the author avoids the major structural problem of that book-a long lump of philosophical digression-by melding myriad perspectives and cogitations into his tale, which is simultaneously SF, fantasy and a masterful political thriller. Treating nanotechnology as he did virtual reality in Snow Crash-as a jumping-off point-Stephenson presents several engaging characters. John Percival Hackworth is an engineer living in a neo-Victorian clave, who is commissioned by one of the world's most powerful men to create a Primer that might enable the man's granddaughter to be educated in ways superior to the "straight and narrow." When Hackworth is mugged, an illegal copy of the Primer falls into the hands of a working-class girl named Nell, and a most deadly game's afoot. Stephenson weaves several plot threads at once, as the paths of Nell, Hackworth and other significant characters-notably Nell's brother Harv, Hackworth's daughter Fiona and an actress named Miranda-converge and diverge across continents and complications, most brought about by Hackworth's actions and Nell's development. Building steadily to a wholly earned and intriguing climax, this long novel, which presents its sometimes difficult technical concepts in accessible ways, should appeal to readers other than habitual SF users. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I liked this book, it was for a class. Each Chapter/section takes you into a different story and characters, but in reality all the stories and characters are interacting and their... Read morePublished 5 days ago by betsy
Like William Gibson meets Greg Bear, this fantastical look at the future of nanotechnology and its comprehensive integration into the human gestalt is fascinating. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mlynn dahle
While remarkably well written with great character development the intricate plot never consummates. Read morePublished 19 days ago by joe a
It took about 25 pages to really get into it because the story world was so detailed and full of strange terms, but the detail is astounding and it sucked me right in. Read morePublished 20 days ago by ittybittycutiekitty
One if the best books I've read in a long time, maybe even ever! 100% highly recommend. Also make sure to read with a dictionary handy.Published 21 days ago by Matt Timlin
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of world building in the beginning. It takes a bit of time to ramp up. The end was really abrupt though, like someone just chopped it off at the end.Published 1 month ago by NinjaIceberg
Very intellegent book, as usual from Neal Stephenson. The story explores disparities in socio-economic class and how these can be overcome or bridged through non-traditional,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Krieger
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