Snow Crash (Paperback)

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Most of the time I just can't read a book more than once. It's partly that I lose interest when I know everything that's going to happen, but also there are just so many other books out there that I want to read and haven't yet that reading something over again seems like the purest sort of indulgence. Snow Crash, however, is a notable exception -- it's been two decades and six read-throughs since it originally came out, and every time I'm immediately drawn in and can't put it down until I'm done. The language is so sharp and pointed, and paints a picture of a future Los Angeles that is at once completely absurd and spookily prescient at the same time. It seems oddly appropriate to pick it up again, or for the first time, with the reveal of PRISM, Google Glass, and the corporate surveillance culture we've found ourselves living in proving that we may, actually, be already living in the dystopian cyberpunk future. Also, it takes a lot of guts to name your main character Hiro Protagonist. -- Joey Puente

— From July 2013

To me, this is the definitive cyberpunk novel. Practically dripping with style, this tale of a near-future America that is so outlandish and exaggerated that it makes complete sense.

— From Joey


One of Time's 100 best English-language novels - A mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous--you'll recognize it immediately

Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison--a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age.

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse.

Praise for Snow Crash

" Snow Crash is] a cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole."--The San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the twenty-first century."--William Gibson

"Brilliantly realized . . . Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow."--The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Neal Stephenson issues from a clan of rootless, itinerant hardscience and engineering professors (mostly Pac-10, Big 10, and Big 8 with the occasional wild strain of Ivy). He began his higher education as a physics major, then switched to geography when it appeared that this would enable him to scam more free time on his university's mainframe computer. When he graduated and discovered, to his perplexity, that there were no jobs for inexperienced physicist-geographers, he began to look into alternative pursuits such as working on cars, unimaginably stupid agricultural labor, and writing novels. His first novel, The Big U, was published in 1984 and vanished without a trace. His second novel, Zodiac: An Eco-Thriller, came out in 1988 and quickly developed a cult following among water-pollution-control engineers. It was also enjoyed, though rarely bought, by many radical environmentalists. Snow Crash was written in the years 1988 through 1991 as the author listened to a great deal of loud, relentless, depressing music. Mr. Stephenson now resides in a comfortable home in the western hemisphere and spends all of his time trying to retrofit an office into its generally dark, unlevel, and asbestos-laden basement so that he can attempt to write more novels. Despite the tremendous amounts of time he devotes to writing, playing with computers, listening to speed metal, Rollerblading, and pounding nails, he is a flawless husband, parent, neighbor, and all-around human being.

Praise For…

"Stephenson has not stepped, he has vaulted onto the literary stage with this novel."—Los Angeles Reader

"A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole."—San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century."—William Gibson

"Brilliantly realized...Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow."—New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553380958
ISBN-10: 0553380958
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2000
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Bantam Spectra Book