Neal Stephenson
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Neal Stephenson

Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer, known for his speculative fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk. Stephenson explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired Magazine, and has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff Bezos) developing a manned sub-orbital launch system.

Born in Fort Meade, Maryland (home of the NSA and the National Cryptologic Museum) Stephenson came from a family comprising engineers and hard scientists he dubs "propeller heads". His father is a professor of electrical engineering whose father was a physics professor; his mother worked in a biochemistry laboratory, while her father was a biochemistry professor. Stephenson's family moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1960 and then to Ames, Iowa in 1966 where he graduated from Ames High School in 1977. Stephenson furthered his studies at Boston University. He first specialized in physics, then switched to geography after he found that it would allow him to spend more time on the university mainframe. He graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography and a minor in physics. Since 1984, Stephenson has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Seattle with his family.

Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic "The Baroque Cycle" (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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    • Reamde

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 38 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,487
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6,529

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target of hackers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • mmmm, this was a hard one to rate

    • By Alan on 10-21-11

    Regular price: $27.29

    • Snow Crash

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12,863
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,605
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9,690

    Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison - a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Cool, but complicated

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-12-11

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

    • A Novel
    • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
    • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,042
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,675
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,662

    From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really, really fun

    • By Lovisa on 08-05-17

    Regular price: $39.92

    • Cryptonomicon

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 42 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,438
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,430
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,453

    Cryptonomicon leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fixed!

    • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

    Regular price: $67.93

    • Seveneves

    • A Novel
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
    • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15,257
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,173
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14,164

    A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • So Much Potential

    • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Anathem

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,685
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463

    Before the week is out, both the existence Erasmus abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • well imagined, absorbing

    • By Josh on 11-10-08

    Regular price: $55.93

    • The Diamond Age

    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,297
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,182

    In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The rock could use a bit more polishing

    • By Tango on 05-19-13

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Quicksilver

    • Book One of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Kevin Pariseau, Simon Prebble
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2,879
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,031
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,062

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Be aware of what you're getting into

    • By David on 12-16-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • King of the Vagabonds

    • Book Two of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

    A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe, London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Less Math Fiction, More Action

    • By Dale Hurtt on 08-28-10

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Solomon’s Gold

    • Book Six of The Baroque Cycle
    • By: Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson (introduction)
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 867
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 649
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 654

    The year is 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, where he joins forces with his friend Isaac Newton to hunt down a criminal gang attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite in the series so far

    • By Andrew Pollack on 08-25-10

    Regular price: $24.95

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