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. - ...
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.
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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.
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