Some Remarks

Some Remarks

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In this definitive collection of Stephenson's writings, journalism and meditations, the great American polymath puts the 20th Century - mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science and technology- under his eclectic and unflinching gaze. 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 product 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. 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.So, like those a€œhigh-ranking officialsa€ youa#39;re always reading about in news reports from Washington, they all talk on background. ... are laboring under the strange impression that ATaamp;T used its power and influence to discourage smaller telecoms in ... and to concentrate on upgrading the quality of their customer servicea€”in particular, the so-called last mile, the local loop that ties customers into the Net.

Title:Some Remarks
Author:Neal Stephenson
Publisher:Atlantic Books Ltd - 2012-08-15


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