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    • CommentAuthorcjstevens
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2008 edited
    Sure you lot are fans, to be honest I have only read Snowcrash, but it was probably one of the best books I read last year. He is amazing and hope to read all his stuff in due time. I know Warren recently finished 'The Baroque Cycle' and spoke highly of it, so that will probably be next...
    Anyhoo, on Thursday 8th May at Gresham College (London), Neal will be the Keynote speaker of a lecture entitled: 'Science Fiction as a Literary Genre'; a 4 hour event that covers a range of very interesting topics and features talks on Science Fiction in the Nineteenth Century and Modern British Science Fiction. Best of all, entrance is free, but reservations are necessary, as I'm sure this will be quite popular.
    Just thought you'd want to know...Hope this is useful!
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2008
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    Judging by the itinerary I hope at least some part of that speech concerns silverware. I really hope a transcript of his speech pops up afterward, I've been on a bit of a jones and I really don't want to have to wait until September. Also, while the Baroque Cycle is divine, you'd probably do well to pick up a copy of Cryptonomicon first, if nothing else, it helps blend his writing style in Snowcrash with the more in-depth tangents that get taken in his later work.
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2008
    • CommentAuthorcjstevens
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2008
    Thanx for the heads-up Thom
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
    Sounds fascinating - thanks for the heads-up!
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Neal Stephenson is my absolute favourite author. I love all his books and have just reread the baroque cycle for about the 6th time.
    Zodiac is another good one to start with as well as snow crash. I have been reading abscure books about Cromwels army etc ever since.
    The only book of his I have not read yet is "the big O" which was his first and his least favourite. Neal does not seem like a violent person but he knows
    so much about sword fighting and combat that is so much more realistic than most writers it makes me wonder.

    Half cocked Jack Shaftoe is the most interesting character ever.

    I am going to reread either the Diamond age or cryptonomicon next. I almost never reread other authors though.
    • CommentAuthorkhaoohs
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    @stsparky: any idea why they closed down metaweb?
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    Damn that looks interesting. Snowcrash & The Diamond Age are books I can go back to time after time. I always miss these things, maybe I'll make it this time.
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    I bought Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon yesterday because of this thread - I'll report back upon completion. Is there an order in which I should read these?
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    Any order is fine, the two books have no connection. Snowcrash was published first if it matters.
    On the other hand, Snowcrash is loosely connected to The Diamond Age (very, as in one paragraph in the middle of the latter book). Cryptonomicon is directly tied to The Baroque Cycle.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    The owners of the site had to redeploy their resources - Mike Lorrey has some of it replicated in Second Life I think. I will retry to revive it soon as well.
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2008
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    JTraub ,have you got through the first slow part of Quicksilver yet?

    Snowcrash should be required reading for all secondlifers.

    I am not sure why I like Stephensons books so much but they resonate with me so well that he is by far my favourite author and has even motivated me to start writing myself.
    It is like his brain works the same way mine does only smarter so his writing seems to fill in some of the blanks in my own thinking.
    I can't wait for his next books.

    Zodiac is another really good book although it is a little dated.

    Jonathan ,congrats on some quality book purchases. I would start with Snowcrash as the first part of Cryptonomicon (and Quicksilver) get off to a slow start. Snowcrash on the other hand has a fantastic intro and by the time you are done that You will be ready for Cryptonomicon.

    I was already one of those guys who has a stockpile of food guns etc but Cryptonomicon got me to collect up some really good crypto systems and have them stored away.
    I am also working on a HEAP gun that is like a 17 or 18th century flintlock pistol except uses 12 gauge shotgun shells. They are only single shots but could be made by any simple machine shop with no need for rifled barrels which was the weak point of the HEAP gun in Cryptonomicon.
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    I have to agree with Unsub for starting out in Snowcrash, if 'The Deliverator' doesn't hook you not much will, it lets you know exactly what sort of ride you are in for.
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    I have to agree with Unsub for starting out in Snowcrash, if 'The Deliverator' doesn't hook you not much will, it lets you know exactly what sort of ride you are in for.

    Yeah, LOL, I've already blown way past that. The Language takes a little getting used to, but is really enjoyable.