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Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
years of life: 31 October 1959 present




exordiumexordiumhas quoted2 years ago
He rolls out of bed, startling Rod, who (being some sort of jungle commando) is easily startled. "I’m going to fuck your cousin until the bed collapses into a pile of splinters," Waterhouse says.
Actually, what he says is "I’m going to church with you." But Waterhouse, the cryptologist, is engaging in a bit of secret code work here. He is using a newly invented code, which only he knows. It will be very dangerous if the code is ever broken, but this is impossible since there is only one copy, and it’s in Waterhouse’s head. Turing might be smart enough to break the code anyway, but he’s in England, and he’s on Waterhouse’s side, so he’d never tell
exordiumexordiumhas quoted2 years ago
"Compared to that, a little bit of sheet metal just was not very important to me. Of course, I know that a lot of guys would just stand back and allow someone they cared about to do something extremely foolish and damaging, only so that everyone concerned could then drive off to a miserable and emotionally fucked-up future in perfect, shiny cars."
exordiumexordiumhas quoted2 years ago
He still had that relentless 24-Jam pressure in his head, but now his attitude had changed; instead of thinking of it as an anomalous condition easily remedied, it became his personal cross to bear, and really not all that bad compared to what some people had to suffer with.


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