After the Internet, what came next? Enter the Metaverse - cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street - the Metaverse's main drag - is Snow Crash, a cyberdrug. Trouble is Snow Crash is also a computer virus - and something more. Because once taken it infects the ...
After the Internet, what came next? Enter the Metaverse - cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street - the Metaverse's main drag - is Snow Crash, a cyberdrug. Trouble is Snow Crash is also a computer virus - and something more. Because once taken it infects the person behind the avatar. Snow Crash bleeds into reality. Which is really bad news for Hiro - freelance hacker and the Metaverse's best swordfighter (he wrote the code) - and Y.T. - skateboard kourier, street imp and mouthy teenage girl - because reality was shitty enough before someone started messing with it ...Exploring linguistics, religion, computer science, politics, philosophy, cryptography and the future of pizza delivery, "Snow Crash" is a riveting, brake-neck adventure into the fast-approaching future.
Once this story gets rolling, there's no stopping it. Slightly dated by the passage of 15 years, it's still rich in ideas, his reality a reasonable extension of our own. After reading, I bought a copy especially for the explorations into the origins of religion which are woven into the plot--but I'll enjoy re-reading it for the richness of the entire story.
Feb 7, 2008
If you like cyberpunk, one of the best EVER
You simply must like an author who names his hero 'Hiro'...that's 'Hiro Protagonist' to be precise, just in case you were wondering who to pull for. The premise, the virtual world, the action, the Mafia as a major corporation and the use of Reason are all reasons you simply must read this book. It's a great story with compelling characters and lots of style. I don't rate every book I read 5 stars, not even everything I've read by NS, BUT this one I do.
Sep 25, 2007
This book is the beginning and the send for the future of Virtual Worlds. This is where the inspiration comes from. You simply MUST read this book. And then you'll be back. I have personally purchased this book at least 6 times as I've lost/loaned copies over the years.
Aug 23, 2007
This book was a quick read and the author was definitely not a material scientist. Glass and ceramic material bladess have several interesting properties but a blade thickness of one molecule is not likely and if the glass was a composite or plastic or carbon impregnated it would not shatter like old fashioned window glass or a water glass. the glass would also be annealed and should be more visco elastic than portrayed. The age difference between the two characters with fathers from world war II would make them both at least 40 and not fit the roles given them. The portrayal of sailing vessels and their characteristics was not very realistic. Large displacement vessels have some unique properties and the ships were talked about as if they were no more than super sized container haulers. Webb Institute could have helped to make it more realistic. The story is a fun and quick read. The geography was very accurate. Not a treasure for the science nerds or the Daniel Waterhouses.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-02-25 The 500 numbered hardcover copies have already sold out pre-pub, but collectors still have a chance to snag the 26 lettered hand-bound copies of the limited edition of Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson's 1992 cyberpunk tour de force, with new jacket art and interior illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith. The hand-bound edition, signed by the author, includes additional art and a custom tray case. The price is steep, but Stephenson's vision of a thoroughly wired near-future where the computer geek is king has inspired plenty of techies who may find this a worthwhile reason to cash in some dot-com stock. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-10-01 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. Snow Crash (1992), which helped earn the word "cyberpunk" a place in history, is set in the not-too-distant future where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the U.S. is a vast, mall-like patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and young Hiro Protagonist (yes, that's the hero protagonist's name) uses his computer game wizardry and pizza delivering skills to combat a deadly new designer drug (and computer virus) called Snow Crash. Actor/writer Davis is the ideal choice for bringing Stephenson's crackling, poetic language to life, and the author-approved abridgement sacrifices none of his hilariously skewed, eminently believable vision a stew of concepts from Sumerian myth to Japanese anime of the commercially sponsored fate that sits waiting in a giant shopping mall, coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Based on the Bantam Doubleday Dell paperback. (July) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-03-16 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. (May)
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