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The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

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Decades into our future, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
pknut777

a good one from neal

by pknut777 on Apr 26, 2007

in true stephenson fashion, it's disjoint, full of funky futuristic ideas, and manages to keep the reader interested. occasionally it's a little indulgent, especially with the whole fairy tale angle and the trip through turing's castle (or maybe only for a comp sci major like me), but we don't mind. now i've read everything stephenson's written, and he remains one of my favorite authors.

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StephKaye

Required Reading for the Nano Age

by StephKaye on Apr 3, 2007

This amazing novel addresses the potential uses and problems of rapidly advancing nanotechnology, as well as molding a heroine for the disenfranchised. A young girl from the ghetto discovers a primer, operated by the magic of nanotechnology, designed to train a girl from an elite community in logic and leadership. Stephenson, a master of historical fiction as well, predicts the future of gated housing developments: enclaves, private mini-countries with their own law. The poor girl's destiny is riveting, as is the world he creates.

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