Neal Stephenson

"Snow Crash"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 28 1998)

This is another great virtual reality novel, one which I read shortly after Gibson's "sprawl" trilogy. 

Hiro Protagonist, a pizza delivery driver/hacker and Y.T., a female skateboarding courier, join forces to find out about a new designer drug that can crash hackers and computers alike.  

In a lot of ways, this books is more accessible than Neuromancer and probably more technically correct, but then Stephenson is what they call second generation cyberpunk.  I like a lot of what he imagines in the near future.  I am still waiting for avatars and the whole 3D experience of the "metaverse" (Internet) as described in this book. Another aspect of the novel that I like is Stephenson's ability to point out what's still physically necessary despite cyberspace - such as couriers and pizza delivery. Now that I'm thinking about it, it is time to get another copy of this book and read it again.

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About the Author:

Neal Stephenson Neal Stephenson was born in 1959 in Meade, Maryland and grew up in in Ames, Iowa. He graduated from Boston University in Massachusetts with a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Physics. Bruce Sterling has said that Stephenson "is the first second-generation, native cyberpunk science-fiction writer. Unlike most of the original '80s cyberpunks, he grew up in the new technoculture and, with a hacker's background knows how it really works." Neal Stephenson lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two children. About Us | Subscribe | Review Team | History | ©1998-2014