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Anathem
« on: September 09, 2008, 02:50:11 PM »
Well, everyone is talking about Neal Stephenson's latest, so here's the thread for whichever of us manages to actually read it.

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Anathem is a novel by Neal Stephenson, to be published on September 9, 2008.

The novel is set on a planet called Arbre, where the protagonist, Raz, is among a cohort of secluded scientists, philosophers and mathematicians who are called upon to save the world from impending catastrophe. The novel's description on Amazon.co.uk and a First look from the publisher, explain further that Raz has spent his entire life inside a 3,400-year-old sanctuary. The rest of society — the "sæcular world" — is described as an "endless landscape of casinos and megastores that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms and busts, dark ages and renaissances, world wars and climate change." Resident scholars, including Raz, are unexpectedly summoned by a frightened "sæcular power" to leave their monastic stronghold in the hope that they may prevent an approaching catastrophe.

The novel germinated subsequent to Stephenson's involvement with The Clock of the Long Now project, to which he contributed three pages of sketches and notes. The book is accompanied by a compact disc, entitled IOLET: Music from the World of Anathem, containing seven compositions by David Stutz.


Info on the Clock of the Long Now:

http://www.suvudu.com/2008/09/neal-stephenson-and-the-clock.html

http://www.longnow.org/projects/clock/

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Re: Anathem
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008, 03:08:47 PM »
Oh, wow... Wired's one-stop resource for the book:

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/09/neal-stephenson.html

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Re: Anathem
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008, 03:14:55 PM »
I'm trying to finish my second read of Cryptonomicon right now. Love that book, man. And everything he did before it. Never really tried to read his Baroque Cycle, though.

I'm hoping this one will be worth the read.

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Re: Anathem
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008, 03:19:03 PM »
That's my question... Do you need to read the Baroque Cycle first?