Snow Crash

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 26, 2003 - Fiction - 403 pages
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Only once in a great while does  a writer come along who defies comparison -- a  writer so original he redefines the way we look at  the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and  Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving  virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about  everything in between with a cool, hip  cyber-sensibility to bring us the gigantic thriller of the  information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers  pizza for Uncle Enzo's Cosa Nostra Inc., but it  the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging  headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's  striking down hackers everywhere, he races along  the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy  mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to  bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash  is a mind-altering romp through a future America  so bizarre, so outrageous... you'll recognize it  immediately.
 

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loved the pace and the writing. - Goodreads
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I loved this book. I read it in 1992, and promptly forgot the name of both the book and the author. All I could remember was Hiro Protagonist, and "Bimbo boxes" (minivans). Being as this was before ... Read full review

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Snow Crash is a beautiful train wreck, but only colloquially speaking. Really Snow Crash is a fantastic multi-car pile up on the high way, with several more cars occasionally slamming into the pile ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
19
Section 2
38
Section 3
70
Section 4
72
Section 5
117
Section 6
127
Section 7
142
Section 8
145
Section 18
259
Section 19
268
Section 20
323
Section 21
326
Section 22
333
Section 23
344
Section 24
355
Section 25
369

Section 9
149
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
249
Section 26
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Section 27
384
Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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About the author (2003)

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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