Who is Neal Stephenson?

Neal Stephenson Popular Books

Neal Stephenson Biography & Facts

Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, postcyberpunk, and baroque. Stephenson's work explores mathematics, cryptography, linguistics, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired. He has written novels with his uncle, George Jewsbury ("J. Frederick George"), under the collective pseudonym Stephen Bury. Stephenson has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (founded by Jeff Bezos) developing a spacecraft and a space launch system, and is also a cofounder of Subutai Corporation, whose first offering is the interactive fiction project The Mongoliad. He was Magic Leap's Chief Futurist from 2014 to 2020. Early life Born on October 31, 1959 in Fort Meade, Maryland, Stephenson came from a family of engineers and scientists; his father is a professor of electrical engineering while his paternal grandfather was a physics professor. His mother worked in a biochemistry laboratory, and her father was a biochemistry professor. Stephenson's family moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1960 and then in 1966 to Ames, Iowa. He graduated from Ames High School in 1977.Stephenson studied at Boston University, first specializing in physics, then switching to geography after he found that it would allow him to spend more time on the university mainframe. He graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in geography and a minor in physics. Since 1984, Stephenson has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Seattle with his family. Writing Stephenson's first novel, The Big U, published in 1984, is a satirical take on life at American Megaversity, a vast, bland, and alienating research university beset by chaotic riots. His next novel, Zodiac (1988), is a thriller following a radical environmentalist in his struggle against corporate polluters. Neither novel attracted much critical attention on first publication, but showcased concerns that Stephenson would further develop in his later work.Stephenson's breakthrough came in 1992 with Snow Crash, a cyberpunk or post-cyberpunk novel fusing memetics, computer viruses, and other high-tech themes with Sumerian mythology, along with a sociological extrapolation of extreme laissez-faire capitalism and collectivism. Stephenson at this time would later be described by Mike Godwin as "a slight, unassuming grad-student type whose soft-spoken demeanor gave no obvious indication that he had written the manic apotheosis of cyberpunk science fiction." In 1994, Stephenson joined with his uncle, J. Frederick George, to publish a political thriller, Interface, under the pen name "Stephen Bury"; they followed this in 1996 with The Cobweb. Stephenson's next solo novel, published in 1995, was The Diamond Age: or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer. The plot involves a weapon implanted in a character's skulls, near-limitless replicators for everything from mattresses to foods, smartpaper, and air and blood-sanitizing nanobots. It is set in a grim future world of limited resources populated by hard-edged survivalists. This was followed by Cryptonomicon in 1999, a novel including concepts ranging from Alan Turing's research into codebreaking and cryptography during the Second World War, to a modern attempt to set up a data haven. In 2013, Cryptonomicon won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award. The Baroque Cycle is a series of historical novels set in the 17th and 18th centuries, and is in some respects a prequel to Cryptonomicon. It was originally published in three volumes of two or three books each – Quicksilver (2003), The Confusion, (2004) and The System of the World (2004) – but was subsequently republished as eight separate books: Quicksilver, King of the Vagabonds, Odalisque, Bonanza, Juncto, Solomon's Gold, Currency, and System of the World. (The titles and exact breakdown vary in different markets.) The System of the World won the Prometheus Award in 2005. Following this, Stephenson wrote Anathem (2008), a long and detailed novel of speculative fiction. It is set in an Earthlike world, deals with metaphysics, and refers heavily to Ancient Greek philosophy. In May 2010, the Subutai Corporation, of which Stephenson was named chairman, announced the production of an experimental multimedia fiction project called The Mongoliad, which centered upon a narrative written by Stephenson and other speculative fiction authors.Stephenson's novel REAMDE was released on September 20, 2011. The title is a play on the common filename README. This thriller, set in the present, centers around a group of MMORPG developers caught in the middle of Chinese cyber-criminals, Islamic terrorists, and Russian mafia.On August 7, 2012, Stephenson released a collection of essays and other previously published fiction entitled Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing. This collection also includes a new essay and a short story created specifically for this volume. In late 2013, Stephenson stated that he was working on a multi-volume work of historical novels that would "have a lot to do with scientific and technological themes and how those interact with the characters and civilisation during a particular span of history". He expected the first two volumes to be released in mid-to-late 2014. However, at about the same time, he shifted his attention to a science fiction novel, Seveneves, which was completed about a year later and was published in May 2015. On June 8, 2016, plans were announced to adapt Seveneves for the screen.In May 2016, as part of a video discussion with Bill Gates, Stephenson revealed that he had just submitted the manuscript for a new historical novel—"a time travel book"—co-written with Nicole Galland, one of his Mongoliad coauthors. This was released as The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. on June 13, 2017.In June 2019 his next novel Fall; or, Dodge in Hell was published. It is a near-future novel that explores mind uploading into the cloud, and contains characters from 2011's Reamde, 1999's Cryptonomicon, and other books. Writing style Stephenson's books tend to have elaborate plots drawing on numerous technological and sociological ideas at the same time. The discursive nature of his writing, together with significant plot and character complexity and an abundance of detail suggests a baroque writing style, which Stephenson brought fully to bear in the three-volume Baroque Cycle. The Diamond Age follows a simpler plot but features "neo-Victorian" characters and employs Victorian-era literary conceits. Outside of writing Stephenson worked at Blue Origin—Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company—for seven years in the early 2000s when its focus was on "novel alternate approaches to space, alternate propulsion systems, and business models", but left after Blue became a more standard aerospace company.In 20.... Discover the Neal Stephenson popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Neal Stephenson books.

Best Seller Neal Stephenson Books of September 2021

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Digest & Review

3.5/5$2.99

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion | Digest & Review With this digest companion, you'll enjoy: • Digest of the book The  Invention...

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: By Jan-Philipp Sendker Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: By Jan-Philipp Sendker Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of ...

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty | Digest & Review With this digest companion, you'll enjoy: • Digest of The Husband's Secret ...

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion: (A Novel) By Fannie Flagg I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion: (A Novel) By Fannie Flagg I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A d...

Anne of Green Gables: A Novel By Lucy Maud Montgomery I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Anne of Green Gables: A Novel By Lucy Maud Montgomery I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the A...

When I Found You By Catherine Ryan Hyde I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

When I Found You By Catherine Ryan Hyde I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

When I Found You By Catherine Ryan Hyde | Digest & Review With this digest companion, you'll enjoy: • Digest of the book When I Found Yo...

Radiant Angel: By Nelson DeMille Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Radiant Angel: By Nelson DeMille Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille | Digest & Review  John Corey is a retired police detective from New York City and the protagonist of Radiant Angel and the...

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty | Digest & Review With this digest companion, you'll enjoy: • Digest of the book What Alice Forgot

Memory Man: By David Baldacci Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Memory Man: By David Baldacci Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Memory Man by David Baldacci | Digest & Review  David Baldacci returns with an intriguing book about Amos Decker, a man blessed with a perfect memory. He w...

The Last Anniversary: A Novel By Liane Moriarty Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Last Anniversary: A Novel By Liane Moriarty Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the The Las...

The Martian by Andy Weir I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Martian by Andy Weir I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Martian by Andy Weir | Digest & Review  Astronaut Mark Watney becomes one of the first people ever to walk on Mars. The question now is will he be the ...

The Narrow Road to the Deep North: By Richard Flanagan Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Narrow Road to the Deep North: By Richard Flanagan Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan | Digest & Review  The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan’s newest novel set during th...

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes | Digest & Review With this digest companion, you'll enjoy: • Digest of the book The  Invent...

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown | Digest & Review  Pocock referred to rowing as an art, describing it as “a symphony of motion”. He believed...

The Happiness Project: By Gretchen Rubin Digest & Review: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun book summary, reviews and downlod

The Happiness Project: By Gretchen Rubin Digest & Review: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

0/5$2.99

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin | Digest & Review  The Happiness Project was written by Gretchen Rubin, one of the world’s most influential and i...

Tom Clancy Under Fire: A Novel By Grant Blackwood Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Tom Clancy Under Fire: A Novel By Grant Blackwood Digest & Review

0/5$3.99

Tom Clancy Under Fire by Grant Blackwood | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the Tom Clancy ...

Yes Please: By Amy Poehler Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Yes Please: By Amy Poehler Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Yes Please by Amy Poehler | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the Yes Please ...

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline | Digest & Review With this digest companion, you'll enjoy: • Digest of the book Orphan Train

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult | Digest & Review  Leaving Time is a novel about one teen’s quest to find her mom after her mysterious disappearance....

Americanah: A Novel By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Americanah: A Novel By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the America...

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein | Digest & Review  What is a hobbit? Hobbits are a clan of little chubby people; around half the height of a person and sporti...

The Hot Zone: By Richard Preston Digest & Review: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus book summary, reviews and downlod

The Hot Zone: By Richard Preston Digest & Review: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

0/5$2.99

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston | Digest & Review  The Hot Zone is a novel written by Richard Preston that is based on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in t...

The Heist: By Daniel Silva Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Heist: By Daniel Silva Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

he Heist by Daniel Silva | Digest & Review  The Heist is a thriller novel authored by Daniel Silva in his famous Gabriel Allon series. In this book, the su...

Seveneves: A Novel By Neal Stephenson I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Seveneves: A Novel By Neal Stephenson I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the Seveneves ...

To Kill A Mockingbird: A Novel By Harper Lee I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

To Kill A Mockingbird: A Novel By Harper Lee I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the To Kill A ...

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel By Celeste Ng Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel By Celeste Ng Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the Ever...

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler | Digest & Review  When Junior Whitshank built the house, he fell in love with it. After months on the construction si...

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson | Digest & Review  Who do you trust? As Christine closes her eyes, she knows that all the memories she has collected to...

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman | Digest & Review  With this digest, you'll enjoy:  • A book digest  • Reviews of the b...

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion: A Novel By Fannie Flagg I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion: A Novel By Fannie Flagg I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A d...

Crazy Rich Asians: By Kevin Kwan Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Crazy Rich Asians: By Kevin Kwan Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | Digest & Review  Crazy Rich Asians is a funny fiction novel written by Kevin Kwan that highlights and ridicules the lifes...

Brain Maker: A Novel By David Perlmutter, M.D. I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Brain Maker: A Novel By David Perlmutter, M.D. I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, M.D. | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the Brain Ma...

Life of Pi by Yann Martel I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Life of Pi by Yann Martel I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Life of Pi by Yann Martel | Digest & Review   With this digest companion, you'll enjoy: • Digest of the book Life of Pi ...

Ready Player One: A Novel By Ernest Cline I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Ready Player One: A Novel By Ernest Cline I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the Ready Player ...

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo | Digest & Review Pick up a reader's companion of “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” for a rich digest to...

The Astronaut Wives Club: A Novel By Lily Koppel I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Astronaut Wives Club: A Novel By Lily Koppel I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the The As...

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt | Digest & Review With this digest companion, you'll enjoy: • Digest of The Goldfinch • Reviews of the...

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg | Digest & Review  How many times have you tried to let go of that habit? You ask yourself over and over again as you ...

Lock In by John Scalze I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Lock In by John Scalze I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Lock In by John Scalze | Digest & Review  Have you ever wondered what would happen to the world in the face of a terrifying epidemic? How would the masses ...

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown | Digest & Review  Mean Streak explores the long-standing question, “Does the end justify the means?” Is it acceptab...

Paper Towns by John Green I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Paper Towns by John Green I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Paper Towns by John Green | Digest & Review With this digest companion, you'll enjoy: • Digest of the book Paper Towns • Rev...

Hyperbole and A Half : A Novel by Allie Brosh I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Hyperbole and A Half : A Novel by Allie Brosh I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Hyperbole and A Half by Allie Brosh | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the Big Little...

Circling the Sun: A Novel By Paula McCain Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Circling the Sun: A Novel By Paula McCain Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Circling the Sun by Paula McCain | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the Circling the ...

Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore: A Novel By Robin Sloan Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore: A Novel By Robin Sloan Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan | Digest & Review  Clay Jannon, a young artist and recent college graduate, recently fell into unemployment...

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah | Digest & Review  Let’s set the scene― it is World War II, and we see it from the point of view of two sisters. Divi...

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: A Digest & Review of Stephen R. Covey's Best Selling Book: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change book summary, reviews and downlod

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: A Digest & Review of Stephen R. Covey's Best Selling Book: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

0/5$2.99

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stepehn R. Covey | Digest & Review  This is a digest of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a self-h...

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

Quiet by Susan Cain | Digest & Review  This is a digest of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking written by Susan Cain...

What She Left Behind: (A Novel) By Ellen Marie Wiseman I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

What She Left Behind: (A Novel) By Ellen Marie Wiseman I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman | Digest & Review  With this digest companion, you'll enjoy:  • A digest of the Wh...

StrengthsFinder: By Tom Rath Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

StrengthsFinder: By Tom Rath Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

StrengthsFinder by Tom Rath | Digest & Review  The book StrengthsFinder 2.0, written by Tom Rath, is a guide to help readers identify their natural ...

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen I Digest & Review book summary, reviews and downlod

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen I Digest & Review

0/5$2.99

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen | Digest & Review  This is a digest of At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. The setting takes place in Scotland in...

Best Seller Neal Stephenson Audio Books of September 2021

You were invited to try Coinbase!Coinbase is the world's most trusted place to buy and sell cryptocurrency. Open an account today, and if you buy or sell $100 or more of crypto, you'll receive $10 worth of free Bitcoin!