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Snow Crash Paperback – May 2, 2000
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From the opening line of his breakthrough cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future. It is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet--incarnate as the Metaverse--looks something like last year's hype would lead you to believe it should. Enter Hiro Protagonist--hacker, samurai swordsman, and pizza-delivery driver. When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what's a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue. A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In California of the near future, when the U.S. is only a "Burbclave" (city-state), the Mafia is just another franchise chain (CosaNostrastet Pizza, Incorporated) and there are no laws to speak of, Hiro Protagonist follows clues from the Bible, ancient Sumer and high technology to help thwart an attempt to take control of civilization--such as it is. When he logs on to Metaverse, an imaginary place entered via computer, Hiro encounters Juanita Marquez, a "radical" Catholic and computer whiz. She warns him off Snow Crash (a street drug named for computer failure) and gives him a file labeled Babel (as in Tower of Babel). Another friend, sp ok/pk Da5id, who ignores Juanita's warning, computer crashes out of Metaverse into the real world, where he physically collapses. Hiro, Juanita, Y.T. (a freewheeling, skateboard-riding courier) and sundry other Burbclave and franchise power figures see some action on the way to finding out who is behind this bizarre "drug" with ancient roots. Although Stephenson ( Zodiac ) provides more Sumerian culture than the story strictly needs (alternating intense activity with scholarship breaks), his imaginative juxtaposition of ancient and futuristic detail could make this a cult favorite.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Of course there is a bunch of suspension of disbelief required with all the pseudo history and linguistics, but i thought it was super fun and would recommend.
The story follows Hiro Protagonist, a hacker, swordsman and pizza delivery guy for the mafia. He ends up allying himself to Y. T., a teenage extreme skateboarder, as they face a conspiracy involving a cult that has a kind of computer virus that infects flesh and bones people.
And if characters like a “hacker, swordsman and pizza delivery guy for the mafia” sounds ridiculous is because they really are, and Stephenson seems to revel in this. Perhaps the most strange one is a giant whale hunter and mercenary called Corvo that moves around in a Harley Davidson armed with a nuclear bomb and has the words “NO EMOTIONAL CONTROL” tattooed on his forehead.
The story is set in a futuristic Los Angeles in which the USA government collapsed and got split in several “franchise-countries”. A place where McDonald’s can become an autonomous nation, with it’s own law, police and currency. Snow Crash was released in 1992 and by then the cyberpunk style crystallized in the 80’s had moved into self-satire. In a way Snow Crash does to cyberpunk what a movie like Kill Bill does to kung fu flicks of the 1960’s and 1970’s. It’s an over the top and absurd version of the original source material that at the same time satirizes and celebrates it.
The book popularized several computer terms, like “daemon”, a computer program that emulates human behavior, and “avatar” as a virtual representation of users in a metaverse. You could also say Stephenson also kinda predicted some future technologies, like a Librarian that seems like a Google precursor and human “gargoyles” that film everything, much like our present reality of omnipresent smartphones.
Specially a recommended read for people in computational linguistics as well as virtual reality!