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  Neal Stephenson Biography | Authors and Artist for Young Adults
Though Neal Stephenson has authored just a handful of books, his science-fiction thrillers that blend high-tech intrigue with sly humor have made him one of the most successful new authors in the genre.
Stephenson began writing in college and moved to the Pacific Northwest area in 1984, the same year his first novel was published.
Stephenson is working on the successor to Cryptonomicon from his home in Seattle, where he lives with his physician wife and their two children.
www.bookrags.com /biography/neal-stephenson-aya   (1611 words)

 Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
Stephenson's literary ambitions (or abilities) are not exactly overwhelming, but there is a considerable amount of attention to literary craft.
Stephenson actually names one of them Hiro Protagonist -- even acknowledging it is a name assumed by the character himself, not his real one, it is still a daring (and initially certainly pretty off-putting) step in a work of fiction.
Stephenson's explanation for the virus -- what it is, how it came about, what danger it poses -- is ingenious, and one admires his attempt at something serious.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/stephenn/snowcrash.htm   (1284 words)

 Neal Stephenson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer, known primarily for his science fiction works in the postcyberpunk genre with a penchant for explorations of society, mathematics, currency, and the history of science.
Stephenson's family moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1960 and then to Ames, Iowa in 1966 where he graduated from Ames High School in 1977.
Stephenson, at least in his earlier novels, deals heavily in pop culture-laden metaphors and imagery, and in quick, hip dialogue, as well as in extended narrative monologues.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Neal_Stephenson   (1134 words)

 Neal Stephenson - Salon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Neal Stephenson's sprawling, intricate "System of the World" caps a vast trilogy of historical and philosophical splendors.
Neal Stephenson's new "Quicksilver" takes a fantastical, circuitous tour of the 17th century in search of the roots of science and the nature of the universe.
In Neal Stephenson's sci-fi thriller a nanotech supercomputer known as "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" falls into the hands of an underprivileged girl whose life is about to change drastically.
dir.salon.com /topics/neal_stephenson   (295 words)

 Neal Stephenson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Neal Stephenson is the first second-generation, native cyberpunk science-fiction writer.
Neal Stephenson issues from a clan of rootless, itinerant hard-science and engineering professors.
Neal Stephenson now resides in a comfortable home in the western hemisphere where he spends his time -- when not side-tracked by his computer, rollerblading or parenting -- attempting to write more books.
project.cyberpunk.ru /idb/nealstephenson.html   (267 words)

 Salon Books | Deep code   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Neal Stephenson talks about the history of secrecy, the role of equations in art and the glory of open-source software.
Their impatience is reflected physically: Their bodies shiver with a nervous, tightly contained energy, just waiting to explode into the "flow" of all-night coding sessions, or, in the case of Neal Stephenson, 900-page novels.
"Cryptonomicon" is clear proof of Stephenson's ongoing intention to delve ever deeper into the heart of the digital era, to lay out in detail both excruciating and poetic the awesome influence the computer has exerted on the 20th century.
www.salon.com /books/int/1999/05/19/stephenson   (674 words)

 Neal Stephenson - Kaedrin Weblog Archives
Neal Stephenson's take on Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith in the New York times is interesting on a few levels.
Stephenson says the original Star Wars is a mixture of veg and geek scenes, while the new movies are almost all veg out material.
Neal Stephenson's new novel, Quicksilver, is due to be released later this month.
kaedrin.com /weblog/archive/cat_neal_stephenson.html   (9601 words)

 Amazon.de: The Diamond Age.: English Books: Neal Stephenson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Neal Stephenson is the twisted love child of Frances Hodgson Burnett and William Gibson.
It would be interesting to see Neal Stephenson team up with a strongly character-based SF luminary for a collaboration.
In Diamond, though Stephenson's thought and effort are evident on every page, he can not be seen behind every phrase clamoring for attention, and that makes it a much stronger work.
www.amazon.de /Diamond-Age-Neal-Stephenson/dp/014027037X   (953 words)

 Neal Stephenson, the prophet of The Diamond Age   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Stephenson is one of six visiting fellows at Ernst and Young's Center for Business Innovation in Cambridge, Massachusetts he has an almost prophetic vision of the future and a cult following among high-tech thinkers.
Neal is the kind of genius who puts one jarring idea on every page." Growing up in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and Ames, Iowa, Stephenson decided he never wanted to work in an occupation that forced him to wear hard shoes.
Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cyber-sensibility to bring us the gigantic thriller of the information age.
www.anduin.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /Scifi/Neal/neal.htm   (1296 words)

 G4 - Feature - Neal Stephenson
Gaining the respect of the science fiction community, Neal Stephenson's books are becoming a hot sell, and he is in high demand.
The theme of the series is cryptology, but according to Stephenson, because cryptology is mathematics, which most people do not consider interesting reading, he has broadened his scope to include money, war, and power.
Stephenson is also the author of the cyberpunk classic Snow Crash, the Hugo Award-winning The Diamond Age, and Zodiac: The Eco Thriller.
www.g4tv.com /techtvvault/features/12145/Neal_Stephenson.html   (254 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Snow Crash: Books: Neal Stephenson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Stephenson has a great imagination, and there are several interesting ideas in the book that could have caught my own imagination, were it not for Stephensons way of telling the story.
Stephenson has managed to outwit Gibson by giving the book likable characters that have an amusing side, rather than the dreary, boring characters Gibson tends towards.
Stephenson also managed to make the metaverse, matrix, cyber space, whatever you want to call it, imagineable, you can picture what Snowcrash is trying to describe the metaverse to be.
www.amazon.co.uk /Snow-Crash-Neal-Stephenson/dp/0140232923   (1342 words)

 The Salon Interview: Neal Stephenson - Salon
Rumor had it that Neal Stephenson would follow "Cryptonomicon," his bestselling 1999 novel combining present-day high-tech entrepreneurs and World War II-era derring-do, with a similar tale of fugitive data and high adventure set sometime in the near future.
To balance such cerebral characters as Newton and Daniel Waterhouse (Puritan ancestor of the Waterhouses, crack mathematicians and programmers, in "Cryptonomicon"), he introduces Jack Shaftoe, aka the King of the Vagabonds and his sometime-paramour turned countess and financial whiz, Eliza.
Stephenson found time for an interview during the course of a road trip, in a borrowed 40-foot R.V., across the high desert of Washington state from Spokane to his home in Seattle.
www.salon.com /books/int/2004/04/21/stephenson/index.html   (1509 words)

 Barnes & Noble.com - Books: Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson, Hardcover
Neal Stephenson issueth froma Clan of yeomen, itinerant Parsons, ingenieurs, and Natural Philosophers that hath long dwelt in bucolick marches and rural Shires of his native Land, and trod the Corridors of her 'Varsities.
Stephenson mostly does away with plot and contents himself with letting his characters jape and amble about the place, engage in erudite, pages-long discussions on alchemy, slavery, or religion, running into fascinating people, and staging a smashingaction sequence every now and again to keep everyone awake.
Stephenson's dialogue is normally sharp and quick with descriptions that convey everything with a satirical overtone.
search.barnesandnoble.com /booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=0380977427   (2021 words)

 The SF Site Featured Review: Quicksilver
Stephenson is the author of Zodiac, Snow Crash, and the Hugo award-winning The Diamond Age.
Neal Stephenson is the author of science fiction with historically significant impact, so it's fitting that he has devoted his peak years to historical fiction with scientific impact.
Stephenson is the author of two classics of science fiction (Snow Crash and The Diamond Age) and two works of pseudo-science fiction.
www.sfsite.com /11b/qs164.htm   (1088 words)

 DV: Neal Stephenson
With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.
In this wonderfully inventive follow-up to his bestseller Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters in a time of breathtaking genius and discovery, men and women whose exploits defined an age known as the Baroque.
Stephenson's (The Big U) improbable hero is Sangamon Taylor, a high-tech jack-of-all-trades who inhales nitrous oxide for kicks and scouts environmental hazards for GEE, the Group of Environmental Extremists.
www.readsf.com /html/bks_stephenson.html   (1471 words)

 Relevant History: Neal Stephenson at Keplers
Neal was pretty entertaining: laid back but energetic, and good with the questions.
For many authors, the connection between science and commerce existed at a pretty high level: Hessen's argument that Newtonianism was a response to the problems of long-distance trade and a burgeoning military is characteristic.
Stephenson has always been an expansive, highly descriptive writer (you saw this in Snow Crash, but since the concepts of the Metaverse and avatars were relatively new, it made some sense to take the time to explain them), and he's only got more so.
askpang.typepad.com /relevant_history/2004/09/neal_stephenson.html   (850 words)

 Neal Stephenson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Although he wrote earlier novels such as the eco-thriller Zodiac, he came to fame in the early 1990s with the novel Snow Crash (1992) which fuses memetics, computer viruses, and other high-tech themes with Sumerian mythology.
His novels are also notable in that they are usually written in the present tense.
Neal Stephenson's Tour Info- Book signings and such.
neal-stephenson.iqnaut.net   (638 words)

 Neal Stephenson -- Recent and Upcoming Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Neal Stephenson, author of the sprawling and engaging Cryptonomicon, has written a manifesto that could be spoken by a character from that brilliant book.
Stephenson looks at a future ruled by Neo-Victorian thought, and the brilliant technologist who publishes an illegal primer designed to encourage girls to think for themselves.
From the opening line of his breakthrough cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future.
www.non.com /books/Stephenson_Neal_r.html   (565 words)

 Amazon.com: Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book): Books: Neal Stephenson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
One of the added pleasures of the success of Stephenson's recent books (Cryptonomicon, etc.) is this better-late-than-never audio version of his third (and arguably best) novel, which continues to be a paperback bestseller.
Stephenson "traces" computer/textual viruses and biological viruses quite nicely back to Sumerian times, and he links them to one another, biological virus to digital/informational virus (a debt to another pre-cyberpunk luminary, William Burroughs, who said "Word is Virus?")-- it's all very well connected to the metaverse/here-and-now portion of _Snow Crash_'s plot.
But again, Stephenson's a bright, witty, and intelligent author, one who sometimes is more profound in a single paragraph than are other genre authors over several thousand pages.
www.amazon.com /Snow-Crash-Bantam-Spectra-Book/dp/0553380958   (2582 words)

 Amazon.com: Cryptonomicon: Books: Neal Stephenson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Lots of Neal's long winded colorful techno analogies are entertaining, but perhaps he should refrain from including so many of them in a fiction work and publish more purely technical essays like IN THE BEGINNING...
But, for me the most interesting part was the Information Science and the journey into cryptography that Neal Stephenson leads you on as you progress through the book - easy to understand, but quite stimulating to ponder for those neophytes not acquainted with the fields of encryption or cryptography.
It was a long read, but Neal Stephenson needed every page to get the story down that he did - and it was worth the investment of time to enjoy the story he crafted for us.
www.amazon.com /Cryptonomicon-Neal-Stephenson/dp/0060512806   (2476 words)

 Lunch With George! : Neal Stephenson Discussion
George first turned me on to Neal Stephenson when he lent me the book Cryptonomicon.
Neal also wrote a non-fiction essay about personal computer operating systems called In The Beginning Was The Command Line.
Neal has written a manifesto that could be spoken by a character from Cryptonomicon.
www.lunchwithgeorge.com /lwg_stephenson.html   (1150 words)

 Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Set during the heart of the Baroque period, Neal Stephenson's carefully crafted book follows fictional and historical characters through a world torn by conflict and plague.
Those familiar with Neal Stephenson's earlier novel Cryptonomicon will recognize the Shaftoes and Waterhouses, and the imaginary Qwghlm islands.
There is also a Web site devoted to the Baroque Cycle itself, and Neal Stephenson's personal Web presence, where a number of essays, an interview, and much more are stored.
www.greenmanreview.com /book/book_stephenson_quicksilver.html   (549 words)

 Amazon.frĀ : Cryptonomicon: Livres en anglais: Neal Stephenson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Neal Stephenson enjoys cult status among science fiction fans and techie types thanks to Snow Crash, which so completely redefined conventional notions of the high-tech future that it became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The author of Snow Crash (LJ 4/1/92) focuses his eclectic vision on a story of epic proportions, encompassing both the beginnings of information technology in the 1940s and the blossoming of the present cybertech revolution.
Stephenson's freewheeling prose and ironic voice lend a sense of familiarity to a story that transcends the genre and demands a wide readership among fans of technothrillers as well as a general audience.
www.amazon.fr /Cryptonomicon-Neal-Stephenson/dp/0380973464   (957 words)

 Scriptorium - Neal Stephenson
This section is dedicated to a future Scriptorium Page on Neal Stephenson.
If you are a writer with expertise in the life and works of Neal Stephenson, and you’d be interested in helping The Modern Word expand, please look at the Scriptorium submission guidelines.
Stephenson’s Page – The author’s own page at the Well, it contains a FAQ file amidst its refreshing crankiness.
www.themodernword.com /scriptorium/stephenson.html   (153 words)

 :: library of congress national book festival ::   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Neal Stephenson, who grew up in a science-oriented family, started writing while studying physics in college.
His most recent book is The System of the World (W. Morrow, 2004), part three of the three-volume work The Baroque Cycle, which also includes Quicksilver (2003) and The Confusion (2004).
Stephenson also writes nonfiction for technical publications such as Wired.
www.loc.gov /bookfest/04/authors/bios/stephenson.html   (90 words)

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