Some Remarks

Some Remarks

by Neal Stephenson


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson is, quite simply, one of the best and most respected writers alive. He’s taken sf to places it’s never been (Snow Crash, Anathem). He’s reinvented the historical novel (The Baroque Cycle), the international thriller (Reamde), and both at the same time (Cryptonomicon).

Now he treats his legion of fans to Some Remarks, an enthralling collection of essays—Stephenson’s first nonfiction work since his long essay on technology, In the Beginning…Was the Command Line, more than a decade ago—as well as new and previously published short writings both fiction and non.

Some Remarks is a magnificent showcase of a brilliantly inventive mind and talent, as he discourses on everything from Sir Isaac Newton to Star Wars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062024435
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 31, 1959

Place of Birth:

Fort Meade, Maryland


B.A., Boston University, 1981

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Arsebestos (2012) 4

Slashdot Interview (2004) 16

Metaphysics in the Royal Society 1715-2010 (2010) 38

It's All Geek to Me (2007) 58

Turn On, Tune In, Veg Out (2006) 62

Gresham College Lecture (2008) 67

Spew (1994) 84

In the Kingdom of Mao Bell (selected excerpts) (1994) 103

Under-Constable Proudfoot (2012) 119

Mother Earth, Mother Board (1996) 120

The Salon Interview (2004) 238

Blind Secularism (1993) 264

Time Magazine Article about Anathem (2012) 268

Everything and More Foreword (2003) 271

The Great Simoleon Caper (1995) 287

Locked In (2011) 304

Innovation Starvation (2011) 313

Why I Am a Bad Correspondent (1998) 321

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