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

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Awards

Winner of the 1996 Hugo Award

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life — and the entire future of humanity — is about to be decoded and reprogrammed....

Review:

"[Stephenson] has gotten even better. The Diamond Age envisions the next century as brilliantly as Snow Crash did the day after tomorrow." Newsweek

Review:

"[Stephenson is] the hottest science fiction writer in America....Snow Crash is without question the biggest SF novel of the 1990s. Neal's SF novel, The Diamond Age, promises more of the same. Together, they represent a new era in science fiction. People who plow through these mind-bogglers will walk around slack-jawed for days and reemerge with a radically redefined sense of reality." Details

Review:

"Neal Stephenson is the Quentin Tarantino of postcyberpunk science fiction....Having figured out how to entertain the hell out of a mass audience, Stephenson has likewise upped the form's ante with rambunctious glee." The Village Voice

Review:

"Diamond Age establishes Neal Stephenson as a powerful voice for the cyber age....At once whimsical, satirical, and cautionary." USA Today

Review:

"Stephenson's world-building skills are extraordinary....The Diamond Age should cement Stephenson's reputation as one of the brightest and wittiest young authors of American science fiction." The San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"Snow Crash drew its manic energy from the cyberpunkish conceit that anything is possible in virtual reality; in The Diamond Age the wonders of cyberspace pale before the even more dazzling powers of nanotechnology." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Set in 21st century Shanghai, this is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. The device has the power to decode and program her life--and the entire future of humanity.

Synopsis:

In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls in the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life—and the entire future of humanity—is about to be decoded and reprogrammed…

About the Author

Neal Stephenson issues from a clan of rootless, itinerant hardscience and engineering professors (mostly Pac-10, Big 10, and Big 8 with the occasional wild strain of Ivy). He began his higher education as a physics major, then switched to geography when it appeared that this would enable him to scam more free time on his universitys mainframe computer. When he graduated and discovered, to his perplexity, that there were no jobs for inexperienced physicist-geographers, he began to look into alternative pursuits such as working on cars, unimaginably stupid agricultural labor, and writing novels. His first novel, The Big U, was published in 1984 and vanished without a trace. His second novel, Zodiac: An Eco-Thriller, came out in 1988 and quickly developed a cult following among water-pollution-control engineers. It was also enjoyed, though rarely bought, by many radical environmentalists. Snow Crash was written in the years 1988 through 1991 as the author listened to a great deal of loud, relentless, depressing music.

Mr. Stephenson now resides in a comfortable home in the western hemisphere and spends all of his time trying to retrofit an office into its generally dark, unlevel, and asbestos-laden basement so that he can attempt to write more novels. Despite the tremendous amounts of time he devotes to writing, playing with computers, listening to speed metal, Rollerblading, and pounding nails, he is a flawless husband, parent, neighbor, and all-around human being.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553380965
Author:
Stephenson, Neal
Publisher:
Spectra Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
High tech
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
Subject:
science fiction;fiction;cyberpunk;sf;nanotechnology;steampunk;novel;fantasy;speculative fiction;future;dystopia;education;sff;hugo award;china;neal stephenson;neo-victorian;computers;postcyberpunk;american;technology;virtual reality;near future;shanghai;v
Subject:
science fiction;fiction;cyberpunk;sf;nanotechnology;steampunk;novel;fantasy;speculative fiction;future;dystopia;education;sff;hugo award;china;neal stephenson;neo-victorian;computers;postcyberpunk;american;technology;virtual reality;near future;shanghai;v
Subject:
science fiction;fiction;cyberpunk;sf;nanotechnology;steampunk;novel;fantasy;speculative fiction;future;education;dystopia;sff;hugo award;china;neal stephenson;technology;neo-victorian;computers;postcyberpunk;near future;american;virtual reality;adventure;
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Bantam pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Bantam Spectra Book
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.38x5.10x1.08 in. .84 lbs.
Age Level:
Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spec

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Product details 512 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553380965 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Stephenson] has gotten even better. The Diamond Age envisions the next century as brilliantly as Snow Crash did the day after tomorrow."
"Review" by , "[Stephenson is] the hottest science fiction writer in America....Snow Crash is without question the biggest SF novel of the 1990s. Neal's SF novel, The Diamond Age, promises more of the same. Together, they represent a new era in science fiction. People who plow through these mind-bogglers will walk around slack-jawed for days and reemerge with a radically redefined sense of reality."
"Review" by , "Neal Stephenson is the Quentin Tarantino of postcyberpunk science fiction....Having figured out how to entertain the hell out of a mass audience, Stephenson has likewise upped the form's ante with rambunctious glee."
"Review" by , "Diamond Age establishes Neal Stephenson as a powerful voice for the cyber age....At once whimsical, satirical, and cautionary."
"Review" by , "Stephenson's world-building skills are extraordinary....The Diamond Age should cement Stephenson's reputation as one of the brightest and wittiest young authors of American science fiction."
"Review" by , "Snow Crash drew its manic energy from the cyberpunkish conceit that anything is possible in virtual reality; in The Diamond Age the wonders of cyberspace pale before the even more dazzling powers of nanotechnology."
"Synopsis" by , Set in 21st century Shanghai, this is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. The device has the power to decode and program her life--and the entire future of humanity.
"Synopsis" by , In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls in the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life—and the entire future of humanity—is about to be decoded and reprogrammed…
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