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Some Remarks (English Edition) von [Stephenson, Neal]
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In this definitive collection of Stephenson's writings, journalism and meditations, the great American polymath puts the 20th Century - mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science and technology- under his eclectic and unflinching gaze.

One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels - works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture, and philosophy, his books are the product of a keen and adventurous intellect. Not surprisingly, Stephenson is regularly asked to contribute articles, lectures, and essays to numerous outlets, from major newspapers and cutting edge magazines to college symposia. This remarkable collection brings together previously published short writings, both fiction and nonfiction as well as a new essay (and an extremely short story) created specifically for this volume.

Stephenson ponders a wealth of subjects, from movies and politics to David Foster Wallace and the Midwestern American College Town; video games to classics-based sci-fi; how geekdom has become cool and how science fiction has become mainstream (whether people admit it or not); the future of publishing and the origins of his novels. By turns amusing and profound, critical and celebratory, yet always entertaining, Some Remarks offers a fascinating look into the prismatic mind of this extraordinary writer.

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One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels—works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture, and philosophy, his books are the products of a keen and adventurous intellect. Not surprisingly, Stephenson is regularly asked to contribute articles, lectures, and essays to numerous outlets, from major newspapers and cutting-edge magazines to college symposia. This remarkable collection brings together previously published short writings, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a new essay (and an extremely short story) created specifically for this volume.

Stephenson ponders a wealth of subjects, from movies and politics to David Foster Wallace and the Midwestern College Town; video games to classics-based sci-fi; how geekdom has become cool and how science fiction has become mainstream; the future of publishing and the origins of his novels.

By turns amusing and profound, critical and celebratory, yet always entertaining, Some Remarks offers a fascinating look into the prismatic mind of this extraordinary writer.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 894 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 341 Seiten
  • Verlag: Atlantic Books; Auflage: Main (15. August 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008U8AR9S
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I do not yet own a copy; however know several articles that are in this bundle. His essay on deep sea cables is worth the book alone. Mother Earth, Mother Board. It was first published in Wired magazine and one of the best articles I read in my years of subscription to Wired.
It describes the history of communications cables, and the laying of them in modern day. It reads like an adventure novel.
I Admit, I am a big fan Neal Stephenson's work, however it is nice that previous very hard to find articles he wrote for several publications are now available in a nice bundle. I think Stephenson is one of the truly great writers of our day, and largely underestimated in literary circles (especially in Europe) due to his chosen field and the adversary of technology and mathematics with this crowd.
For me Neal Stephenson is on par with Ernest Hemmingway or Graham Greene.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Enjoyable Collection of Short Stories and Essays 9. November 2012
Von Neodoering - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I didn't realize when I bought this book that in addition to the dozen plus essays, there are several short stories. I don't think of short stories as Neal Stephenson territory, so I was pleased to get them. They turn out to be pretty good stories, too, quite enjoyable and for once not overly long.

The heart of this collection, though, is the essays, which range from a couple of pages long to over a hundred pages, novella-length in its own right. Stephenson covers many subjects here, from introducing other writer's works to metaphysics at the Royal Society, to describing the laying of trans-oceanic telecommunications cable to discussing the state of science fiction today. As one would expect from Stephenson, he writes intelligently and with humor about all these subjects and many more. I never would have thought that an essay on laying telecom cable would be interesting, but I was sucked into this article and read it in a single sitting, over a hundred pages of it.

I really liked the fact that these pieces covered such a broad range of subjects and were of such varied lengths. I didn't know Stephenson could write anything under 300 pages long, so the shorter pieces were a pleasant surprise. Sometimes I wished he would expound more on the shorter bits, such as his discussion of "Anathem", and the interviews with Slashdot and Salon were also pretty interesting and easily could have been longer.

Overall, this is a thoughtful collection that should please and reward you with chuckles and the occasional, "Huh, I didn't know that." I was particularly interested in Stephenson's take on the state of science fiction today, which he brings up in several of these pieces. I wanted to hear him talk more about his own books, though, which doesn't much occur herein, and I could have used a couple more short stories. This book is a strong work that doesn't disappoint, and it should give you a dozen hours of reading enjoyment.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Brilliant Collection of Non-Fiction Pieces By One Of Today's Most Thoughtful Writers 20. August 2014
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I first became a fan of Neal Stephenson's writing when I discovered his brilliant fiction: "Cryptonomicon," "Reamde" and his Baroque Cycle novels. I was delighted to learn that he had pulled together a collection of previous published essays and other non-fiction pieces in "Some Remarks."

Mr. Stephenson is the rare writer who combines deep technical domain knowledge with a literary style that is both erudite and refreshing. Understanding and enjoying his level of communication takes a bit of work, but it is well worth it - like savoring a delicious steak that requires some savory chewing. In this far-ranging collection, the author tackles The Internet, Metaphysics and the battle between Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, scientists as modern Jedi knights, a deconstruction of the movies Star Wars and 300 - and a whole lot more.

I always get to the last page of a Stephenson book, and then jump on Amazon to order something else by him to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stephanson as Essayist 6. September 2012
Von Barry L. Casey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's fascinating to read Neal Stephanson's nonfiction. Having read a good deal of his fiction--and enjoyed the complete worlds that he creates--it's a treat to read his take on the "real" world. Elements of humor, wisdom learned along the way, and even some of his political and social views become evident in this work. Readers who enjoy his fictional works may be surprised by this side of the author but won't be disappointed.
5.0 von 5 Sternen How great thou art! 22. Januar 2013
Von Bookmanic - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a view into the mind and discipline of a once in a century, or longer, author. The stories in this case are just so so but the manner of crafting stories, building character, asking intelligent questions is among the best, if not the best ever. If you have not read the system of the World Series, Cryptonomicon, Reamde, or others where he describes characters and roles you have missed the best historical fiction in many lifetimes. Each character is warts and all, and by the end of each book, you are avidly looking for the next, and the quality just keeps improving. The only complaint I have is that I wish I had found this author many years before. A great read but only if you are ready to be made to think.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Nice collection of writings by my favorite author 14. September 2012
Von Mikhail - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a good mix of (mostly short-form) writings: from a little bit unexpected (like introductory piece about perils of sedentary lifestyle) to proper "Neal's style" things. By "Neal's style" I mean "extremely rich in details, festooned with brilliant and simply explanations of difficult things/ideas and really thought provoking". I especially liked "Mother Board Mother Earth" (fascinating introduction to the world of submarine cabling which provides foundations for our modern communication systems) and rocket-science/big project execution related pieces "Locked In" & "Innovation Starvation". And if you are fan of Baroque Cycle there are some related interviews in this book too.
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