From the defeat of the Turks in Vienna through German territories to Amsterdam and Paris they together and apart have quite a few adventures.
After all, the time commitment is very small: When the novel comes to an end, I feel a certain letdown, a loss of contact. This seems obvious but it always comes as a bit of a letdown anyway. And as I got further into the project, it became clear that if it were set on Earth, then as my characters were talking about these things, they would constantly be footnoting.
But it's certainly fine enough that we'll be glad to wade through another thousand pages, twice over, in the volumes to follow. How about, for example, the opening scene in your novel Quicksilver, which takes place at a public hanging in the Boston Common, in the year A good novel should be written mostly right the first time.
A few words about book author Neal Stephenson is the author of seven previous novels. Summary You'll also get access to more than 30, additional guides andHomework Help questions answered by our experts. These details form part of the texture of the book, to be picked up and threaded through the fabric at later times, interacting with other details to form new patterns.
We will calculate what we will call in this book a frequency match score for this ordering of frequencies. In Cryptonomicon, the geeks are in the context of high-tech startups in the Bay Area.
In what ways was Anathem influenced by other science-fiction work? I sort of put it out of my mind for a number of years then, because I was trying to finish the Baroque Cycle. These initial episodes set the major characters in place.
My favourite questions are the ones where the questioner has become so involved in the fictional world of the book that they have actually joined in on the creative process.
To begin with, a novel has roughly the same relationship to a conversation with the author, as a movie does to the actors in it. It was funny in a painful way.
Why did you write your new book? I doubt Quicksilver will captivate the audience that its predecessor did, but it's still an enjoyable read.
It depends on how you look at it, because I come from a long line of preachers and professors. And then about halfway through college, I was stuck in town over break — no money, nothing to do — and I ended up just banging out a short novel.
And then people could go back and forth. At first it feels like Stephenson is flaunting how much time he spent at the library, but the lure of the next wisecracking history lesson becomes the most compelling reason to keep going, wrote Slate reviewer Paul Boutin.
But it sort of shows. You could say that this has already been true for a while, but it seems to be getting more so.We asked two of our favorite authors, Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, to answer that question.
Neal and Nicole recently wrote The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
together. This isn’t just any novel -- it’s a novel composed of letters, emails, archive fragments, chats, corporate memos, and journals.
Geeks, writing and the future: a Neal Stephenson interview Posted by Brier Dudley Today’s story about Neal Stephenson didn’t do justice to the great conversation we had, first over Ethiopian food and then here at the newspaper offices. While all of Neal Stephenson's -- always excellent -- novels share common themes and tropes, they're also told in many different modes, from the stately, measured pace of the Baroque Cycle books.
A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable.
Neal Stephenson. Second, too many authors spend their time promoting their book rather than writing the next one. In recent years, Stephenson has really lived this.
He abandoned almost all interaction on social media and even includes a letter on his website explaining why he is a bad email correspondent. He focuses on his craft well above any administrative or marketing task.
(Note that Quicksilver is a prequel of sorts to Stephenson's Cryptonomicon: that book's Lawrence and Randy Waterhouse, and Bobby and Douglas MacArthur Shaftoe, are, of course, the descendants of the characters from Quicksilver.
Familiarity with one book is, however, not required to enjoy the other.).Download