Books by Neal Stephenson and Complete Book Reviews

Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, E.D. deBirmingham, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo. Amazon/47 North, $14.95 trade paper (450p) ISBN 978-1-61218-236-0
Stephenson (Snow Crash) and Bear (Blood Music) team up with an array of cross-genre and cross-platform storytellers to deliver an outstanding historical epic with exceptional character development and vivid world building. Begun in 2010 on various...
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Neal Stephenson, Author . Morrow $29.95 (960p) ISBN 978-0-06-147409-5
In this follow-up to his historical Baroque Cycle trilogy, which fictionalized the early-18th century scientific revolution, Stephenson (Cryptonomicon ) conjures a far-future Earth-like planet, Arbre, where scientists, philosophers and...
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Neal Stephenson, Author . Morrow $27.95 (832p) ISBN 978-0-06-052386-2
The title of Stephenson's vast, splendid and absorbing sequel to Quicksilver (2003) suggests the state of mind that even devoted fans may face on occasion as they follow the glorious and exceedingly complex parallel stories of Jack Shaftoe,...
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Neal Stephenson, Author . Morrow $27.95 (912p) ISBN 978-0-06-052387-9
The colossal and impressive third volume (after Quicksilver and The Confusion ) of Stephenson's magisterial exploration of the origins of the modern world in the scientific revolution of the baroque era begins in 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has...
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Neal Stephenson. Morrow, $35 (880p) ISBN 978-0-06-219037-6
Stephenson’s remarkable novel is deceptively complex, a disaster story and transhumanism tale that serves as the delivery mechanism for a series of technical and sociological visions. When the moon explodes, it doesn’t take long for scientists (inclu
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Neal Stephenson, Author Avon Books $27.5 (928p) ISBN 978-0-380-97346-0
Big, complex and ambitious, the new cyber-thriller from the talented author of Snowcrash and The Diamond Age calls to mind Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow in its intense, paranoid evocation of conspiracies and secret histories. Set in part during
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Neal Stephenson, Author Spectra Books $22 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-08853-3
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,...
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Neal Stephenson, Author Spectra Books $22.95 (455p) ISBN 978-0-553-09609-5
Stephenson's fourth solo novel, set primarily in a far-future Shanghai at a time when nations have been superseded by enclaves of common cultures (``claves''), abundantly justifies the hype that surrounded Snow Crash, his first foray into science...
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Neal Stephenson, Author . Morrow $27.95 (944p) ISBN 978-0-380-97742-0
Stephenson's very long historical novel, the first volume of a projected trilogy, finds Enoch Root, the Wandering Jew/alchemist from 1999's Cryptonomicon, arriving in 1713 Boston to collect Daniel Waterhouse and take him back to Europe....
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Neal Stephenson, Author Harper Perennial $10 (160p) ISBN 978-0-380-81593-7
After reading this galvanizing essay, first intended as a feature for Wired magazine but never published there, readers are unlikely to look at their laptops in quite the same mutely complacent way. Stephenson, author of the novel Cryptonomicon,...
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Neal Stephenson, Author Atlantic Monthly Press $7.95 (283p) ISBN 978-0-87113-181-2
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. Taylor particularly wants to nab the...
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Neal Stephenson. HarperCollins, $35 (880p) ISBN 978-0-06-245871-1
This laboriously detailed follow-up to Reamde explores where human imagination ends and artificial intelligence begins, providing some speculative concepts without any real payoff. Richard “Dodge” Forthrast, founder of the gaming company Corporation
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Neal Stephenson. Morrow, $25.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-202443-5
This meandering collection of short works by speculative/science fiction writer Stephenson (Reamde) compiles his published nonfiction and short stories from 1993 to the present, and includes two new pieces: “Arsebestos,” a pertinent and enjoyable...
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Neal Stephenson. Morrow, $35 (1,056p) ISBN 978-0-06-197796-1
Stephenson (Anathem), the master of meandering, inconclusive plots, delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story, regardless of the many digressions and a host of characters. Zula Forthrast’s unfortunate taste in...
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Neal Stephenson, Author Spectra Books $6.99 (512p) ISBN 978-0-553-57331-2
Cyber-fiction from Stephenson, in which an engineer living in a neo-Victorian future is commissioned to write a subversive primer for girls. (Mar.)
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Edited by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer. Morrow, $27.99 (560p) ISBN 978-0-06-220469-1
The editors of this gripping anthology "believe that if we want to create a better future, we need to start with better dreams" and counter the trend of dystopian and apocalyptic visions of tomorrow. Neal Stephenson, who founded Project Hieroglyph...
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Neal Stephenson, Author, William Dufris, Read by, Oliver Wyman, Read by , read by William Dufris, Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert and the author. Macmillan Audio $69.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4272-0590-2
This audiobook goes the extra mile, giving listeners something the printed page-turner can not. Fans of the cult author will enjoy his vocal cameo appearances when he calmly reads definitions from a non-Earth dictionary at the start of many chapters.
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Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, E.D. deBirmingham, and Cooper Moo. Amazon/47North, $14.95 trade paper (440p) ISBN 978-1-61218-237-7
Having launched an epic cast of characters into motion in The Mongoliad: Book One, Stephenson et alia face the challenge of keeping most of them moving without getting too far ahead of the plot of this alternate history of the 13th-century Mongolian
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Neal Stephenson, Author, Jonathan Davis, Read by , read by Jonathan Davis. Time Warner Audio $24.98 (0p) ISBN 978-1-58621-111-0
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),...
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Neal Stephenson, Author, Simon Preble, Read by, Stina Nielsen, Read by , read by Simon Prebble and Stina Nielsen. Harper Audio $75 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-072161-9
Adventure, romance, politics, history, theology, magic, science, money and calculus: this audiobook has it all, and it astonishes on several levels. Never mind that it is only the first third of a trilogy or that this massive audiobook consists of &#
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Neal Stephenson. Subterranean, $25 (104p) ISBN 978-1-59606-919-0
A 20-kilometer-high tower stands at the center of this idea-driven essay in the guise of a novella, in which characters struggle with logistics, but emotion is absent. Written for Stephenson’s Hieroglyph idea-incubation project in 2013, this near-fut
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