Interesting Readings Message Board › New Interesting Readings Meetup Scheduled: Neal Stephenson's SNOW CRASH
West Chester, PA
Interesting Readings: a book club for the best in sci-fi, from quirky classics to fresh indie! Monthly meetings will be held in the West Chester area. Our May book will be Neal Stephenson's SNOW CRASH.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 7:00 PM
Victory Brewing Co 420 Acorn Ln Downingtown, PA
About SNOW CRASH:
At the beginning of the novel the main character, Hiro Protagonist, discovers the name of a new pseudo-narcotic, "Snow Crash", being offered at an exclusive Metaverse nightclub. Hiro's friends and fellow hackers fall victim to Snow Crash's effects, which are apparently unique in that they are experienced in the Metaverse and also in the physical world. Hiro uses his computer hacking, sharp cognitive skills, and sword-fighting to uncover the mystery of "Snow Crash"; his pursuit takes the reader on a tour of the Sumerian culture, a fully instantiated laissez-faire society, and a virtual meta-society patronized by financial, social, and intellectual elites. As the nature of Snow Crash is uncovered, Hiro finds that self-replicating strings of information can affect objects in a uniform manner even though they may be broadcast via diverse media, a realization that reinforces his chosen path in life.
Snow Crash established Stephenson as a major science fiction writer of the 1990s. The book appeared on Time magazine's list of 100 all-time best English-language novels written since 1923.
Some critics have considered it a parody of cyberpunk and mentioned its satiric or absurdist humor.
Note: Beginning in May, we'll be passing the hat ($2 per member per group meeting) to go towards Meetup.com group fees. Thank you for your understanding!