The Diamond Age
Decades into our future, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful Neo-Victorians. He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called a young lady's illustrated primer, designed to raise a... show more
Decades into our future, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful Neo-Victorians. He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called a young lady's illustrated primer, designed to raise a girl capable of thinking for herself. Unfortunately, for Hackworth, he loses his smuggled copy to a gang of street urchins in a mugging. One of the young thugs presents the primer to his little sister, Nell and suddenly her life - and perhaps the whole future of humanity - is about to be decoded and reprogrammed...vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, "The Diamond Age" is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our time.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: August 29th 2002
Pages no: 499
Edition language: English
Not Neal Stephenson's best, not even close. There were too many characters that I didn't care about, and I found myself really longing to skip huge sections--which is against my rules--just so I could get back to Nell and her education in awesomeness. Lately it seems I've been hampered by what I wis...
I have read a couple of Stephensons books, and was really looking forward to reading this.It started really well, they future he imagines of a neo Victorian Asian world, and the technology that this culture has is great. The first section is great, good characters, and plot, but the second section w...
Only one mistake in this book, toward the end. Otherwise, a classic.
Some time in the future, when nano technology means you can assemble pretty much anything you want in matter compilers, and there aren't really separate nations any more, so much as various tribes, determined by allegiance rather than race, there lives a little girl called Nell. Her mother is a serv...
this 1995 cyberpunk 500-pager won the '96 Hugo and the '96 Campbell, the one-two science fiction gold medals, representing something like near-consensus among the science fiction readers' community about "great works."in fairness, this is "great but not good;" or "epic but not clever." or maybe it i...