The Diamond Age

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 27, 1998 - Fiction - 512 pages
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Cult author Neal Stephenson's unstoppable sci-fi classic

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 nano-technology?
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 . . .

Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic 'The Baroque Cycle' (Quicksilver, The Confusion and The System of the World) as well as the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age (winner of a Hugo Award), Snow Crash, Zodiac, Anathem and Reamde. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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User Review  - TheReadingMermaid - LibraryThing

This is a coming-of-age novel set in near distant dystopian-like future. The main story revolves around four-year-old Nell who gets ahold of an illegal copy of a primer book which leads her on a ... Read full review

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User Review  - nx74defiant - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed the wonderful complicated world he created. Steampunk with the new Victorians (the Vickies) Loved Nell. But the ending was disappointing. 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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