The Diamond Age (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Aug 26, 2003 - Fiction
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Decades into our future, a stone's throw from the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the
rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful neoVictorians.  He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called A Young Ladys Illustrated Primer  Commissioned by an eccentric duke for his grandchild, stolen for Hackworth's own daughter, the Primer's purpose is to educate and raise a girl capable of thinking for herself.  It performs its function superbly.  Unfortunately for Hackworth, his smuggled copy has fallen into the wrong hands.

Young Nell and her brother Harv are thetes--members of the poor, tribeless class.  Neglected by their mother, Harv looks after Nell.  When he and his gang waylay a certain neo-Victorian--John Percival Hackworth--  in the seamy streets of their neighborhood, Harv brings Nell something special: the Primer.


Following the discovery of his crime, Hackworth begins an odyssey of his own.  Expelled from the neo-Victorian paradise, squeezed by agents of Protocol
Enforcement on one side and a Mandarin underworld crime lord on the other, he searches for an elusive figure known as the Alchemist.  His quest and Nell's
will ultimately lead them to another seeker whose fate is bound up with the Primer-- a woman who holds the key to a vast, subversive information
network that is destined to decode and reprogram the future of humanity.

Vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, The Diamond Age is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our time


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I'm torn about my rating of this book. On one hand, there is really rich character building and I felt compelled to read to the end to find out what happens to them. The world itself is amazingly ... Read full review

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A very uneven book. Great ideas, not so well handled. Neal Stephenson does know how to get my attention , he just doesn't always chooses to. The beginning was very decent. The middle part was so ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
3
Section 3
7
Section 4
25
Section 5
38
Section 6
47
Section 7
62
Section 8
70
Section 22
197
Section 23
207
Section 24
217
Section 25
238
Section 26
252
Section 27
253
Section 28
258
Section 29
274

Section 9
72
Section 10
78
Section 11
86
Section 12
97
Section 13
106
Section 14
109
Section 15
111
Section 16
116
Section 17
123
Section 18
150
Section 19
152
Section 20
161
Section 21
171
Section 30
284
Section 31
286
Section 32
295
Section 33
306
Section 34
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Section 35
326
Section 36
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Section 37
375
Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Neal Stephenson, the science fiction author, was born on October 31, 1959 in Maryland. He graduated from Boston University in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography with a minor in physics. His first novel, The Big U, was published in 1984. It received little attention and stayed out of print until Stephenson allowed it to be reprinted in 2001. His second novel was Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller was published in 1988, but it was his novel Snow Crash (1992) that brought him popularity. It fused memetics, computer viruses, and other high-tech themes with Sumerian mythology. Neal Stephenson has won several awards: Hugo for Best Novel for The Diamond Age (1996), the Arthur C. Clark for Best Novel for Quicksilver (2004), and the Prometheus Award for Best Novel for The System of the World (2005). He recently completed the The Baroque Cycle Trilogy, a series of historical novels. It consists of eight books and was originally published in three volumes and Reamde. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington. Stephenson also writes under the pseudonym Stephen Bury.

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