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    DescriptionIn Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls in the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life--and the entire future of humanity--is about to be decoded and reprogrammed...


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    Title
    The Diamond Age
    Subtitle
    Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neal Stephenson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780553380965
    ISBN 10: 0553380966
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: SCI
    DC21: 813.54
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    BIC subject category V2: FL
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21300
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 80
    DC22: 813/.54
    Ingram Subject Code: FS
    Libri: I-FS
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 720
    B&T Approval Code: P26305000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC028000, FIC028020
    LC classification: PS3569.T3868 D53 2008
    BISAC region code: 2.5.1.0.0.2.0
    Thema V1.0: FL
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
    Publication date
    01 June 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Neal Stephenson issues from a clan of rootless, itinerant hardscience and engineering professors (mostly Pac-10, Big 10, and Big 8 with the occasional wild strain of Ivy). He began his higher education as a physics major, then switched to geography when it appeared that this would enable him to scam more free time on his university's mainframe computer. When he graduated and discovered, to his perplexity, that there were no jobs for inexperienced physicist-geographers, he began to look into alternative pursuits such as working on cars, unimaginably stupid agricultural labor, and writing novels. His first novel, "The Big U," was published in 1984 and vanished without a trace. His second novel, Zodiac: An Eco-Thriller, came out in 1988 and quickly developed a cult following among water-pollution-control engineers. It was also enjoyed, though rarely bought, by many radical environmentalists. Snow Crash was written in the years 1988 through 1991 as the author listened to a great deal of loud, relentless, depressing music. Mr. Stephenson now resides in a comfortable home in the western hemisphere and spends all of his time trying to retrofit an office into its generally dark, unlevel, and asbestos-laden basement so that he can attempt to write more novels. Despite the tremendous amounts of time he devotes to writing, playing with computers, listening to speed metal, Rollerblading, and pounding nails, he is a flawless husband, parent, neighbor, and all-around human being.
    Review quote
    "[Stephenson] has gotten even better. The Diamond Age Envisions the next century as brilliantly as snow crash did the day after tomorrow."--"Newsweek" "[Stephenson is] the hottest science fiction writer in America...Snow Crash is without question the biggest SF novel of the 1990s. Neal's SF novel, The Diamond Age, promises more of the same. Together, they represent a new era in science fiction. People who plow through these mind-bogglers will walk around slack-jawed for days and reemerge with a radically redefined sense of reality."--"Details" "Neal Stephenson is the Quentin Tarantino of postcyberpunk science fiction....Having figured out how to entertain the hell out of a mass audience, Stephenson has likewise upped the form's ante with rambunctious glee."--"Village Voice" "Snow Crash drew its manic energy from the cyberpunkish conceit that anything is possible in virtual reality; in The Diamond Age the wonders of cyberspace pale before the even more dazzling powers of nanotechnology." --"New York Times Book Review" "Diamond Age establishes Neal Stephenson as a powerful voice for the cyber age....At once whimsical, satirical, and cautionary."--"USA Today" "Stephenson's world-building skills are extraordinary.... The Diamond Age should cement Stephenson's reputation as one of the brightest and wittiest young authors of American science fiction."--"San Diego Union-Tribune"
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    In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life-and the entire future of humanity-is about to be decoded and reprogrammed....