June 1, 2000
June 1, 2000
In twenty-first-century America, a teenaged computer hacker finds himself fighting a computer virus that battles virtual reality technology and a deadly drug that turns humans into zombies.
Neal Stephenson staked out a piece of William Gibson's cyberterritory in this 90s slacker-hacker novel. In a Balkanized America run entirely by corporations, a computer hacker moonlighting as a pizza delivery guy and a tough young female courier take on a glass-knife-wielding Aleut who possesses a nuclear bomb and a mogul planning to use ancient Sumerian texts to rewrite the software in everyone's brains. This cult classic takes on--among other topics--neurolinguistics, online etiquette, televangelism, thrasher culture, corporate and civil bureaucracy, and the legendary antecedents of the Tower of Babel. SNOW CRASH was Stephenson's breakout book, and it was the earliest of his works to display his interest in language and cryptography, both of which he explores further in his massive, somewhat more mainstream CRYPTONOMICON and his BAROQUE CYCLE series.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Science Fiction + Fantasy, Humorous Fiction, Money + Finance
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Neal Stephenson
- Online Item #: 11340113
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-7813
- ISBN: 9780553380958
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported