History Literature / SnowCrash

17th Jan '18 8:00:49 PM FordPrefect
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The book is also notable for its uncanny prediction of future trends. Memes play an important role in the plot, which was written years before the public became aware of the concept through [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]]. While holographic web terminals have not yet come to pass, and the jury's still out on whether Google Glass will allow the "gargoyle" to finally be realized, we do have heavily populated 3D virtual worlds, satellite photograph software, and [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} a massive user-created online library]]. Certain real world equivalents (''Second Life'', Google Earth) having been inspired by the book itself.

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The book is also notable for its uncanny prediction of future trends. Memes play an important role in the plot, which was written years before the public became aware of the concept through [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]]. While holographic web terminals have not yet come to pass, and the jury's still out on whether Google Glass will allow the "gargoyle" to finally be realized, we do have heavily populated 3D virtual worlds, satellite photograph software, and [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} a massive user-created online library]]. Certain real world equivalents (''Second Life'', Google Earth) having have been inspired by the book itself.
12th Aug '17 9:02:40 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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Possibly the best-known book by Creator/NealStephenson, ''Snow Crash'' is the tale of a sword-slinging hacker who teams up with an [[CoolBoard extreme skateboarder]] in a PostCyberPunk [[DividedStatesOfAmerica disincorporated USA]] to fight "[[TheVirus Snow Crash]]" - a computer virus for the brain. Oh, and there's a badass biker with glass knives and a nuclear bomb strapped to his motorbike, too.

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Possibly the best-known book by Creator/NealStephenson, ''Snow Crash'' is the tale of a sword-slinging hacker who teams up with an [[CoolBoard extreme skateboarder]] in a PostCyberPunk [[DividedStatesOfAmerica disincorporated USA]] to fight "[[TheVirus Snow Crash]]" - a computer virus for the brain. Oh, and there's a [[BadassBiker badass biker biker]] with glass knives and a nuclear bomb strapped to his motorbike, too.
3rd May '17 12:04:56 AM Grug
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* CapitalismIsBad: Downplayed as its more so a criticism of Anarcho-capitalism specifically. The entire world is a MegaCorp-owned WretchedHive, the US is fractured into various independent, privately-owned states, down to the neighborhoods. Even the federal government has become a private company... yet they still "do the work that no-one else believes is worth doing". Violence is common and life is extremely dangerous. It's also very colorful and exciting, especially as seen through the eyes of the badass protagonists. To give you an example, pizza delivery men work for the Italian Mafia, have gone to specialized universities to acquire their qualifications, and ''will'' deliver the pizzas in time, no matter what insane stunt driving they have to do, '''on pain of death'''. Teenage couriers carry messages, armed to the teeth, on motorized roller-blades, via highway, at speeds exceeding 60 mph. Walled neighborhoods have domestic robot guard dogs that run faster than cars and pack mini-guns. '''And so on.'''

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* CapitalismIsBad: Downplayed as its more so a criticism of Anarcho-capitalism specifically. The entire world is a MegaCorp-owned WretchedHive, the US is fractured into various independent, privately-owned states, down to the neighborhoods. Even the federal government has become a private company... yet they still "do the work that no-one else believes is worth doing". Violence is common and life is extremely dangerous. It's also very colorful and exciting, especially as seen through the eyes of the badass protagonists. To give you an example, pizza delivery men work for the Italian Mafia, have gone to specialized universities to acquire their qualifications, and ''will'' deliver the pizzas in time, no matter what insane stunt driving they have to do, '''on pain of death'''. Teenage couriers carry messages, armed to the teeth, on motorized roller-blades, hyper-advanced skateboards, via magnetic harpoons attached to cars on the highway, at speeds exceeding 60 mph. Walled neighborhoods have domestic robot guard dogs that run faster than cars and pack mini-guns. '''And so on.'''
10th Apr '17 1:08:45 PM nombretomado
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** ''SecondLife'' is quite similar to the concept of the Metaverse, unsurprising when you know that it was inspired by the book. A group of fans puts on a performance of the book in ''SecondLife'' once a year.

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** ''SecondLife'' ''VideoGame/SecondLife'' is quite similar to the concept of the Metaverse, unsurprising when you know that it was inspired by the book. A group of fans puts on a performance of the book in ''SecondLife'' ''Second Life'' once a year.
28th Jan '17 4:08:44 AM Psychadelico
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* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: Reason, for all its power, was technically still in beta. [[spoiler: Unsurprisingly, its original operator is killed when the gun has a kernel panic.]]
20th Nov '16 9:58:18 AM Orbiting
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* GlassWeapon: Raven uses glass knives that are SharpenedToASingleAtom because they're undetectable by security systems and can cut straight through bullet-proof vests. He also uses glass-tipped harpoons.
16th Nov '16 7:56:24 PM JesseMB27
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* CapitalismIsBad: Downplayed as its more so a criticism of Anarcho-capitalism specifically. The entire world is a MegaCorp-owned WretchedHive, the US is fractured into various independent, privately-owned states, down to the neighborhoods. Even the federal government has become a private company... yet they still "do the work that no-one else believes is worth doing". Violence is common and life is extremely dangerous. It's also very colorful and exciting, especially as seen through the eyes of the badass protagonists. To give you an example, pizza delivery men work for the Italian Mafia, have gone to specialized universities to acquire their qualifications, and ''will'' deliver the pizzas in time, no matter what insane stunt driving they have to do, '''on pain of death'''. Teenage couriers carry messages, armed to the teeth, on motorized roller-blades, via highway, at speeds exceeding 60 mph. Walled neighborhoods have domestic robot guard dogs that run faster than cars and pack mini-guns. '''And so on.'''
5th Nov '16 9:34:13 AM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Between Hiro, Raven, Y.T., Fisheye, Uncle Enzo, and the cybernetic rat/dog thing, the book has more badassness than most books should be allowed to have.
28th Oct '16 4:38:23 PM nombretomado
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** ''GoogleEarth'' was inspired by the mapping/satellite imagery app described in this book.

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** ''GoogleEarth'' ''[[Website/{{Google}} Google Earth]]'' was inspired by the mapping/satellite imagery app described in this book.
5th Aug '16 2:58:48 PM CorvusCornix
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* BarbarianHero: More like Barbarian Villain, but Raven can easily fit the bill. Comes from a hunter-gatherer tribe. Check. Is a master at killing up close with primitive weapons. Check. Is contemptuous of civilization. Check (well he's contemptuous of Western civilization to be exact). Has BarbarianLongHair. Check. Has a HeroicBuild. Check. Loves fighting, drinking and banging women. Check. Is Chaotic in alignment. Check (he even got tattooed with the words ''Poor Impulse Control'' on his forehead). If he was decked out in a loincloth and carried a sword, he could be the long-lost brother of Conan.

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* BarbarianHero: More like Barbarian Villain, but Raven can easily fit the bill. Comes from a hunter-gatherer tribe. Check. Is a master at killing up close with primitive weapons. Check. Is contemptuous of civilization. Check (well he's contemptuous of Western civilization to be exact). Has BarbarianLongHair. Check. Has a HeroicBuild. Check. Loves fighting, drinking and banging women.women (except he's been sober for eight years). Check. Is Chaotic in alignment. Check (he even got tattooed with the words ''Poor Impulse Control'' on his forehead). If he was decked out in a loincloth and carried a sword, he could be the long-lost brother of Conan.
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