Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing (William Morrow & Company)
Neal Stephenson, the beloved and bestselling author of modern speculative fiction classics including Reamde, Anathem, and Snow Crash, will discuss and sign his brand-new collection of essays, Some Remarks.
"Neal Stephenson has made a name for himself as a writer whose imagination knows no limits." —Salon
Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde; Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine’s top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
NOTE: This event is free and open to the public, but you must buy a copy of Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing here at Skylight Books in order to get a ticket to the signing line. The book goes on sale August 7 and signing line tickets will be available at the register starting the same day. You may request a signing line ticket to be held for you if you order the book in advance over the phone or online. Friends with Benefits members get a ticket to a priority signing line with purchase, in addition to 20% off Some Remarks, so be sure to mention your membership if you have one, or sign up before the event! If you won't be able to attend the event but you'd like a signed copy, you can order online (through Aug. 7), over the phone, or in person and we'll get your book signed for you. Please call with any questions: (323) 660-1175.
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 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. Playful and provocative, "Some Remarks" displays Stephenson's opinions and ideas on: The Internet, our dwindling national attention span, and the cultural importance of books and bookishness Waco, religion, and the cluelessness of secular society Metaphysics and the battle between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz The laying of the longest wire on Earth--and why it matters to you Technology, freedom, commerce, and the Chinese How "Star Wars" and "300" mirror who we are today and what that spells for our future Modern Jedi knights, a.k.a. scientists and technologists, and why they are admired and feared by both the left and the right. 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.