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Snow Crash



Title: Snow Crash
Author: Neal Stephenson
Year of publishing: 1991

Snow Crash is Neal Stephenson's breakthrough cyberpunk novel.

A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible.


Not-too-distant future - a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet - incarnate as the Metaverse - looks something like last year's hype would lead you to believe it should.

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for the CosaNostra. But in the Metaverse, he's a warrior prince, last of the solo hackers, and the greatest sword fighter in the world. Now, he's racing along the neon-lit streets, the skirts of his black leather kimono flapping, on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse! When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what's a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue.

Links & References

Snow Crash - Book or Virus?
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson's Personal Virus. Includes book glossary. Created and Maintained by Chris Chase.

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