The Diamond Age

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 27, 1998 - Fiction - 512 pages


The future is small. The future is nano . . .

And who could be smaller or more insignificant than poor Little Nell - an orphan girl alone and adrift in a world of Confucian Law, Neo-Victorian values and warring nanotechnology?

Well, not quite alone. Because Nell has a friend, of sorts. A guide, a teacher, an armed and unarmed combat instructor, a book and a computer: the Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is all these and much much more. It is illicit, magical, dangerous.

And it isn't Nell's. It was stolen. And now some very powerful people want to get their hands on this highly desirable object. Nell is about to discover that the world can feel very small indeed . . .

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

I read this book in the previous century and again this month. _This_ is the book where all Stephenson's preoccupations, the ones that he's been working out in all his subsequent novels, come together ... Read full review

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User Review  - cypher2048 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book, but the end seemed a bit rushed. It built up a bunch of interesting threads and they all came to a head right at the end, but a lot of the circumstances and motivations ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Neal Stephenson has published four novels: The Big U, Zodiac, Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. For the last of these he won a 1996 Hugo Award. He also writes (with J. Frederick George) as 'Stephen Bury'. Their books are Interface and Cobweb. Most of his books are published in Penguin. He lives in Seattle, where he is at work on other novels.

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