Tag Archive: Neal Stephenson


Do you think Herman Cain read Snowcrash?

No, really. Do you think he did?

Ok, I’ll admit that this is probably just extraordinary coincidence. Snowcrash, one of the most popular futuristic novels of the 1990s, is the dystopian story of technological excess that can only be resolved through the use of technology. Amid the torrent of technobabble that pollutes the streets of future America in Neal Stephenson’s novel, there exists a strange and somewhat timely allegory of American politics.

In Snowcrash, the federal government has given itself over to

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Neal Stephenson and Snow Crash

I began to wonder as I was reading Snow Crash about the type of person who could have created such an unusual, bizarre, and uncannily eerie piece of fiction in 1992.  How was this man able to forecast with such accuracy the concepts of Avatars and the Metaverse (virtual reality)?  I decided to start researching the background of the author and was not surprised to learn that he was raised in a family that was well-educated specifically in Engineering, Physics, and Biochemistry.  Continue reading