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A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Anathem is perhaps the most brilliant literary invention to date from the incomparable Neal Stephenson, who rocked the world with Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle. Now he imagines an alternate universe where scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians live in seclusion behind ancient monastery walls until they are called back into the world to deal with a crisis of astronomical proportions.

Anathem won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the reviews for have been dazzling: "Brilliant" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel), "Daring" (Boston Globe), "Immensely entertaining" (New York Times Book Review), "A tour de force" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), while Time magazine proclaims, "The great novel of ideas...has morphed into science fiction, and Neal Stephenson is its foremost practitioner."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 998 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 48.26mm | 839.14g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061694940
  • 9780061694943
  • 372,665

Review quote

Suddenly, novels of ideas are cool again. --io9 on ANATHEM"
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Back cover copy

For ten years Fraa Erasmas, a young avout, has lived ina cloistered sanctuary formathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from thecorrupting influences of the outsideworld. But before the week is out, both the existence he abandonedand the one he embraced will standpoised on the brink of cataclysmicchange--and Erasmas will becomea major player in a drama that willdetermine the future of his world, as he follows his destiny to the mostinhospitable corners of the planet . . .and beyond.
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Rating details

50,218 ratings
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4 33% (16,747)
3 13% (6,742)
2 4% (2,145)
1 2% (1,115)
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