History Creator / NealStephenson

28th Jan '18 5:11:46 PM CassandraLeo
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He is known for somewhat [[SignatureStyle idiosyncratic pacing]], [[TwoLinesNoWaiting multiple interwoven plots]], doing his research [[ShownTheirWork and sharing it in excruciating detail]], assuming that [[ViewersAreGeniuses his readers are geniuses,]] and a Pynchonesque tendency to [[ThrowItIn throw in]] long, seemingly pointless digressions: a [[Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}} lengthy erotic story]] on antique furniture and stockings, say, or a [[Literature/SnowCrash three-page memo]] regarding the proper use of toilet paper in an office environment. His more recent books also tend to be practical arguments in favor of electronic books supplanting paper copies (read: ''[[DoorStopper long]]''), with ''Cryptonomicon'' coming in at well over 900 pages and ''Anathem'' at nearly the same length before the many [[CallARabbitASmeerp glossaries]] and [[InstructionalDialogue appendices]]. He is widely considered to be rather poor at endings, with many of his novels reaching a climax and then more or less ending immediately afterwards with little to no denouement.

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He is known for somewhat [[SignatureStyle idiosyncratic pacing]], [[TwoLinesNoWaiting multiple interwoven plots]], doing his research [[ShownTheirWork and sharing it in excruciating detail]], assuming that [[ViewersAreGeniuses his readers are geniuses,]] and a Pynchonesque tendency to [[ThrowItIn throw in]] long, seemingly pointless digressions: a [[Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}} lengthy erotic story]] on antique furniture and stockings, say, or a [[Literature/SnowCrash three-page memo]] regarding the proper use of toilet paper in an office environment. His more recent books also tend to be practical arguments in favor of electronic books supplanting paper copies (read: ''[[DoorStopper long]]''), with ''Cryptonomicon'' coming in at well over 900 pages and ''Anathem'' at nearly the same length before the many [[CallARabbitASmeerp glossaries]] and [[InstructionalDialogue appendices]]. He is widely considered to be rather [[CosmicDeadline poor at endings, endings]], with many of his novels reaching a climax and then more or less ending immediately afterwards with little to no denouement.
denouement, though some of his novels (''Cryptonomicon'' in particular) are more infamous for this than others.
3rd Dec '17 7:16:11 AM dlchen145
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Neal Stephenson is a ''very tall man,'' as well as the author of (in chronological order of publishing):

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Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is a ''very tall man,'' as well as the author of (in chronological order of publishing):
6th Nov '17 8:19:25 PM HonoreDB
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* ''Literature/TheRiseAndFallOfDODO''
31st Jan '17 1:32:41 PM Black_Diesel
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[[caption-width-right:350:He'll go [[ItMakesSenseInContext 20th century on your ass]] [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang later]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:He'll go [[ItMakesSenseInContext 20th century on your ass]] [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang later]].]]
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26th Jul '16 11:06:52 AM SorPepita
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He was making a motion-controlled [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang swordfighting videogame]]... but [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/20/thud-development-of-neal-stephensons-clang-halted/ not anymore]]. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDB4_y8Nbf0/UDkqyIVJfLI/AAAAAAAAn_c/GscZ2uuovRI/s1600/Scan10001.JPG Here's]] a [[AwesomenessIsVolatile screen-breaking]] photo with him, Creator/NeilGaiman and NeilArmstrong.

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He was making a motion-controlled [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang swordfighting videogame]]... but [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/20/thud-development-of-neal-stephensons-clang-halted/ not anymore]]. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDB4_y8Nbf0/UDkqyIVJfLI/AAAAAAAAn_c/GscZ2uuovRI/s1600/Scan10001.JPG Here's]] a [[AwesomenessIsVolatile screen-breaking]] photo with him, Creator/NeilGaiman and NeilArmstrong.Neil Armstrong.
23rd Jun '16 8:21:37 PM nombretomado
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A recurring theme in Stephenson's work involves the classification of humanity into a typography of functional castes based on their approach to practical and theoretic knowledge; this is spelled out most explicitly in his novella-length essay ''[[http://artlung.com/smorgasborg/C_R_Y_P_T_O_N_O_M_I_C_O_N.shtml In The Beginning... Was The Command Line]]'', where humanity is divided into [[TheTimeMachine Morlocks]] (those willing to pursue low-level technical knowledge) and [[TheTimeMachine Eloi]] (those unwilling to do so). However, the details vary from book to book; ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' expands the concept into a FiveRaces-style typography of Elves, Dwarves, Men, and Hobbits smattered with occasional Wizards and a single specimen of [[LordOfTheRings Gollum]], while ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'' could be considered a near-thousand-page meditation on a similar theme. Not surprisingly, Stephenson's heroes always fall into a technically or theoretically sophisticated caste.

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A recurring theme in Stephenson's work involves the classification of humanity into a typography of functional castes based on their approach to practical and theoretic knowledge; this is spelled out most explicitly in his novella-length essay ''[[http://artlung.com/smorgasborg/C_R_Y_P_T_O_N_O_M_I_C_O_N.shtml In The Beginning... Was The Command Line]]'', where humanity is divided into [[TheTimeMachine [[Literature/TheTimeMachine Morlocks]] (those willing to pursue low-level technical knowledge) and [[TheTimeMachine [[Literature/TheTimeMachine Eloi]] (those unwilling to do so). However, the details vary from book to book; ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' expands the concept into a FiveRaces-style typography of Elves, Dwarves, Men, and Hobbits smattered with occasional Wizards and a single specimen of [[LordOfTheRings Gollum]], while ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'' could be considered a near-thousand-page meditation on a similar theme. Not surprisingly, Stephenson's heroes always fall into a technically or theoretically sophisticated caste.



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6th Sep '15 5:42:36 PM nombretomado
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He was making a motion-controlled [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang swordfighting videogame]]... but [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/20/thud-development-of-neal-stephensons-clang-halted/ not anymore]]. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDB4_y8Nbf0/UDkqyIVJfLI/AAAAAAAAn_c/GscZ2uuovRI/s1600/Scan10001.JPG Here's]] a [[AwesomenessIsVolatile screen-breaking]] photo with him, NeilGaiman and NeilArmstrong.

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He was making a motion-controlled [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang swordfighting videogame]]... but [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/20/thud-development-of-neal-stephensons-clang-halted/ not anymore]]. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDB4_y8Nbf0/UDkqyIVJfLI/AAAAAAAAn_c/GscZ2uuovRI/s1600/Scan10001.JPG Here's]] a [[AwesomenessIsVolatile screen-breaking]] photo with him, NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman and NeilArmstrong.
16th May '15 3:23:55 PM joelc
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* ''Literature/{{Seveneves}}''
5th Mar '15 8:41:51 AM CaptainCrawdad
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He is known for somewhat [[SignatureStyle idiosyncratic pacing]], [[TwoLinesNoWaiting multiple interwoven plots]], doing his research [[ShownTheirWork and sharing it in excruciating detail]], assuming that [[ViewersAreGeniuses his readers are geniuses,]] and a Pynchonesque tendency to [[ThrowItIn throw in]] long, seemingly pointless digressions: a [[Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}} lengthy erotic story]] on antique furniture and stockings, say, or a [[Literature/SnowCrash three-page memo]] regarding the proper use of toilet paper in an office environment. His more recent books also tend to be [[ExpospeakGag practical arguments in favor of electronic books supplanting paper copies]] (read: ''[[DoorStopper long]]''), with ''Cryptonomicon'' coming in at well over 900 pages and ''Anathem'' at nearly the same length before the many [[CallARabbitASmeerp glossaries]] and [[InstructionalDialogue appendices]]. He is widely considered to be rather poor at endings, with many of his novels reaching a climax and then more or less ending immediately afterwards with little to no denouement.

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He is known for somewhat [[SignatureStyle idiosyncratic pacing]], [[TwoLinesNoWaiting multiple interwoven plots]], doing his research [[ShownTheirWork and sharing it in excruciating detail]], assuming that [[ViewersAreGeniuses his readers are geniuses,]] and a Pynchonesque tendency to [[ThrowItIn throw in]] long, seemingly pointless digressions: a [[Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}} lengthy erotic story]] on antique furniture and stockings, say, or a [[Literature/SnowCrash three-page memo]] regarding the proper use of toilet paper in an office environment. His more recent books also tend to be [[ExpospeakGag practical arguments in favor of electronic books supplanting paper copies]] copies (read: ''[[DoorStopper long]]''), with ''Cryptonomicon'' coming in at well over 900 pages and ''Anathem'' at nearly the same length before the many [[CallARabbitASmeerp glossaries]] and [[InstructionalDialogue appendices]]. He is widely considered to be rather poor at endings, with many of his novels reaching a climax and then more or less ending immediately afterwards with little to no denouement.
18th Jul '14 1:15:36 AM Foglet
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Oh, and, he's currently making a motion-controlled [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang swordfighting videogame]]. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDB4_y8Nbf0/UDkqyIVJfLI/AAAAAAAAn_c/GscZ2uuovRI/s1600/Scan10001.JPG Here's]] a [[AwesomenessIsVolatile screen-breaking]] photo with him, NeilGaiman and NeilArmstrong.

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Oh, and, he's currently He was making a motion-controlled [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang swordfighting videogame]].videogame]]... but [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/20/thud-development-of-neal-stephensons-clang-halted/ not anymore]]. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDB4_y8Nbf0/UDkqyIVJfLI/AAAAAAAAn_c/GscZ2uuovRI/s1600/Scan10001.JPG Here's]] a [[AwesomenessIsVolatile screen-breaking]] photo with him, NeilGaiman and NeilArmstrong.
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