By Neal Stephenson
A no 1 New York occasions Bestseller, Anathem is might be the main fantastic literary invention up to now from the incomparable Neal Stephenson, who rocked the realm with Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle. Now he imagines an alternative universe the place scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians stay in seclusion at the back of old monastery partitions until eventually they're referred to as again into the realm to accommodate a drawback of astronomical proportions.
Anathem gained the Locus Award for top technological know-how Fiction Novel and the studies for were outstanding: “Brilliant” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel), “Daring” (Boston Globe), “Immensely exciting” (New York instances ebook Review), “A travel de strength” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), whereas Time magazine declares, “The nice novel of ideas…has morphed into technological know-how fiction, and Neal Stephenson is its most excellent practitioner.”
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