Some Remarks

Famed for his brilliant, wrist-taxing novels such as Anathem and Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson proves equally virtuosic at shorter lengths. The erudite essays in his first nonfiction collection cover disparate topics unified by the author’s geeky enthusiasm. Laying trans-Pacific cable, the benefits of switching to a treadmill desk, the “innovation starvation” that plagues contemporary science fiction — all these subjects and more are traversed with joy and insight.