Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing

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One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels—works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture, and philosophy, his books are the products of a keen and adventurous intellect. Not surprisingly, Stephenson is regularly asked to contribute articles, lectures, and essays to numerous outlets, from major newspapers and cutting-edge ...

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Overview

One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels—works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture, and philosophy, his books are the products of a keen and adventurous intellect. Not surprisingly, Stephenson is regularly asked to contribute articles, lectures, and essays to numerous outlets, from major newspapers and cutting-edge magazines to college symposia. This remarkable collection brings together previously published short writings, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a new essay (and an extremely short story) created specifically for this volume.

Stephenson ponders a wealth of subjects, from movies and politics to David Foster Wallace and the Midwestern College Town; video games to classics-based sci-fi; how geekdom has become cool and how science fiction has become mainstream; the future of publishing and the origins of his novels.

By turns amusing and profound, critical and celebratory, yet always entertaining, Some Remarks offers a fascinating look into the prismatic mind of this extraordinary writer.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780062024442
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 524,322
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal  Stephenson
Neal Stephenson is the author of the bestselling Reamde; Anathem; the three-volume historical epic The Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine’s top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Stephen Bury (co-author pseudonym, with J. Frederick George)
    2. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 31, 1959
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Meade, Maryland
    1. Education:
      B.A., Boston University, 1981
    2. Website:

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  • Posted September 27, 2012

    A treat for Stephenson fans!

    This is a collection of short writings that Neal Stehpenson has produced over the years. Included in the collection are some short pieces of fiction (Underconstable Proudfoot is a treasure not to be missed!), but I particularly enjoyed the essays, on topics as varied as Leibniz, growing up in a MACT (Midwestern American College Town), and the wonders of the treadmill desk. Reproduced here are also pretty extensive interviews from Slashdot and Salon, and the transcript of a lecture delivered at Gresham College. All in all, an excellent smorgasbord from one of my favorite authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Eh, y'know.

    Good, not great. Somewhat of a letdown after In the Beginning... Was the Command Line, a much more focused collection of essays on computer science and computer philosophy.
    Highlights of this collection include: the Slashdot interview (where he recounts his epic battle with the Immortal William Gibson), Metaphysics in the Royal Society (Newton and Leibniz finding a place for their own religion in scientific inquiry), Under-Constable Proudfoot (you've heard half the joke already), and Locked In ("Your communications satellite has to be the size, shape, and weight of a hydrogen bomb.").
    As a whole it is, while fascinating enough, very inconsistent. It is undoubtedly due to the essays spanning two decades of a career, but also that the content itself is in isolation, lacking adequate context (Mother Earth, Mother Board needs half of its pagecount to become interesting). Reading the weaker chapters is like hanging over a precipice. Or they are flat out incomprehensible.
    Where I'd recommend In the Beginning... to anybody, this one is probably more suited for cemented Stephenson fans.

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