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Snow Crash (1992)

– tekijä: Neal Stephenson

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JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
17,305335198 (4.11)621
In the future the only relief from the sea of logos is the computer-generated universe of virtual reality. Now a strange computer virus, called Snow Crash, is striking down hackers, leaving an unlikely young man as humankind's last hope.
Viimeisimmät tallentajatajschumacher, JanetPiele, kwanzeon50, malasdair, mcdeck, Kendrik, yksityinen kirjasto, A2Seamster, puckers, Zokawe
PerintökirjastotTerence Kemp McKenna, Tim Spalding
  1. 243
    Cryptonomicon (tekijä: Neal Stephenson) (moonstormer)
  2. 150
    Ready Player One (tekijä: Ernest Cline) (davesmind, jbgryphon, fulner)
    davesmind: Although Snow Crash is a classic of cyberpunk, I think Ready Player One has a more captivating story - especially if you played video games in the 80's
    jbgryphon: RPO's OASIS owes it's existence as much to Neil Stephenson's Metaverse as to the miriad of geek universes that are included in it.
    fulner: Ready player one is what Snow crash should have been. A story focused primarily on the inter-personal-relationships of others "online" in a futuristic version of the internet in which we live in a 3-D world as the real world around us crashes and burns. The biggest difference is Ready Player One Doesn't Suck. Still somewhat heretical, but its heresy can be easily dismissed on that the protagonist is an atheist.… (lisätietoja)
  3. 100
    Neurovelho (tekijä: William Gibson) (thebookpile)
  4. 60
    Daemon (tekijä: Daniel Suarez) (thehoodedone)
  5. 50
    The Diamond Age (tekijä: Neal Stephenson) (atrautz)
  6. 50
    Kreivi Nolla (tekijä: William Gibson) (thebookpile)
  7. 40
    Halting State (tekijä: Charles Stross) (infiniteletters)
  8. 62
    Little Brother (tekijä: Cory Doctorow) (JFDR)
  9. 30
    Palkkionmetsästäjä (tekijä: Philip K. Dick) (ecureuil)
  10. 20
    Muuntohiili (tekijä: Richard K. Morgan) (electronicmemory)
  11. 20
    Tähtijaosto (tekijä: Ken MacLeod) (Noisy)
    Noisy: Anarchy viewed from both sides of the fence. 'Snow Crash' offers the capitalist view and 'The Star Fraction' offers the socialist counterpart.
  12. 20
    Omnitopia Dawn (tekijä: Diane Duane) (pammab)
    pammab: To explore the possibilities of virtual reality in the near future. Duane's is much more traditional and pro-corporate fantasy; Stephenson's is more humor-based anti-corporate cyberpunk.
  13. 10
    The Stone Canal (tekijä: Ken MacLeod) (bsackerman)
  14. 10
    Trouble and Her Friends (tekijä: Melissa Scott) (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Cyberpunk
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    City of Golden Shadow (tekijä: Tad Williams) (romula)
  16. 32
    Virtuaalivalo (tekijä: William Gibson) (Moehrendorf)
  17. 11
    This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities (tekijä: Jim Rossignol) (infiniteletters)
  18. 01
    Da Vinci -koodi (tekijä: Dan Brown) (fulner)
    fulner: Heretical Fiction
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 331) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This was a fun read at first, but I got bogged down in all the anthropology, and the more of the book I read, the more it felt like I was reading Dan Brown, with fancy skateboards. I did enjoy the book by and large, but it added another buttress to my suspicion (based on my reading Cryptonomicon years ago and later starting/stopping The Baroque Cycle) that while Stephenson is a capable and probably even talented thriller-style writer, he's not nearly as serious a writer as I've sometimes hoped. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
There are so many things about this novel that I liked; realizing that it was first published twenty years ago makes it even more impressive. The levels of technology, the virtual realities and interfaces described are eerily familiar, from the avatars and software to the transfer of information and the integration with reality. In particular, I loved the interaction that Hiro has with the Librarian, a software program which helps him conduct research and make connections between the things he is learning in both reality and the Metaverse. The portrayal of the Library of Congress, the takeover of the roads by private companies, the privatization of the governing bodies and police — so many of these possibilities are quickly becoming real in our own world, and to see how they are portrayed in this futuristic novel are fascinating. I did get bogged down in the middle of the novel when Hiro and the Librarian are wading through ancient civilizations and trying to make sense of the slowly unfurling connections between mythology, religion, and other stories. However, this novel, a leap into Stephenson’s blend of science fiction, mythology, society and virtual reality, turned out to be one of my favourites from the list thus far. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I tried to write a concise review about everything that I liked about this book but it kept turning in to a rambling epic. So I'm just going to say that it was awesome. It had a bunch of really thought provoking ideas, along with some intense action. I can't imagine Google Earth and VRs like Second Life weren't largely influenced, or even inspired, by the ideas in this book. ( )
  cypher2048 | Dec 28, 2020 |
This was hard to rate because I really liked the story in itself, but on the other hand it read a little bit strange. Like whole language used was just an edge too much hip or comic book style.

Still it makes me want to read more from Stephenson.

Would recommend that book ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places

If there's any book that captures the sensation of what being literally jacked into the Internet would feel like, it is probably Snow Crash. Along with William Gibson's Neuromancer, Snow Crash is one of the foundational cyberpunk texts, one of those all-time-greatest sci-fi classics. Originally published in 1992, when the World Wide Web was barely out of CERN and HTML had yet to be invented, Stephenson imagined a hyper-connected virtual world that is basically Second Life. Despite the dystopian setting it's a fundamentally romantic story - it is a story of swashbuckling heroes saving the world, with their skateboards and computers and katanas.

One of the great things about Snow Crash is that you'll know whether you'll love it or hate it in the very first chapter, which introduces one of the two primary POV characters - "Last of the freelance hackers. Greatest swordfighter in the world" - Hiro Protagonist (if you cannot accept the fundamental ridiculousness of his name, just... stop, now.):

Why is the Deliverator so equipped? Because people rely on him. He is a role model. This is America. People do whatever the fuck they feel like doing, you got a problem with that? Because they have a right to. And because they have guns and no one can fucking stop them. As a result, this country has one of the worst economies in the world. When it gets down to it—talking trade balances here—once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here—once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel—once the Invisible Hand has taken all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity—you know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else:



music

movies

microcode (software),

high-speed pizza delvery



The Deliverator used to make software. Still does, sometimes. But if life were a mellow elementary school run by well-meaning education Ph.D.s, the Deliverator's report card would say: "Hiro is so bright and creative but needs to work harder on his cooperation skills."



So now he has this other job. No brightness or creativity involved—but no cooperation either. Just a single principle: the Deliverator stands tall, your pie in thirty minutes or you can have it free, shoot the driver, take his car, file a class-action suit. The Deliverator has been working this job for six months, a rich and lengthy tenure by his standards, and has never delivered a pizza in more than twenty-one minutes.


And basically the entire book is like that. It's a quintessential Stephenson prose I'd previously identified most in Cryptonomicon, a combination of sociological/anthropological insights, mile-a-minute pacing, and wobbling just on the edge of absurdity. (Indeed, there seems to be a serious debate over whether Snow Crash is cyberpunk or a parody of cyberpunk.) I'm pretty sure it's the prosaic equivalent of amphetamines.

The world of Snow Crash is like the Randian/libertarian fantasy actually made real. Set in an ambiguous time around the end of the 20th century, Snow Crash posits a world where the governments of Earth have basically disintegrated, replaced by a million pseudo-sovereign corporate entities ranging from "The Library" (the privatized amalgamation of the CIA and the Library of Congress) to pizza delivery chains with the firepower of nation-states. The world is basically Hobbesian - there is no real rule of law, no justice outside of violence. It works, but only barely.

Technological development, meanwhile, has outpaced our own reality. "The Metaverse" basically encompasses all aspects of the World Wide Web in a sprawling virtual reality, governed by protocols that savvy hackers like our heroic protagonist can manipulate. This was the most visionary aspect of the book when it was released, I suspect, but now is probably what makes it feel the most dated. The idea of needing a "virtual reality" really seems to have died out, almost sadly. We Skype from bedroom to bedroom, without the need to create electronic coffee shops for our avatars to converse in.

To me, the most interesting part of the book is Stephenson's blending of Sumerian mythology, linguistics, neurology, and hacking - the threads with which he weaves the primary narrative of Snow Crash. Drawing heavily on Julian Jaynes' theory of bicameralism (which is one of those concepts that's so cool I wish it was true), the Sumerian concept of me, and the Tower of Babel, Snow Crash crafts what is basically the hacker's version of The Da Vinci Code.

And it's just... so... fun. Sword fights! Motorcycle chases! Cyborg pit bulls! Hydrogen bombs! Highway-surfing skateboard-couriers! Mesopotamian mythology! Pirates! Stephenson's recent works have been somewhat on the dry side, but this is him at his prime, almost off-the-rails.

Highly recommended, if you're looking for a trip. ( )
1 ääni pvoberstein | Dec 14, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 331) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Hiro Protagonist (who has chosen his own name, of course) turns out to be entertaining company, and Mr. Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow that is as farcical as it is horrific.
 
Stephenson has not stepped, he has vaulted onto the literary stage with this novel.
lisäsi GYKM | muokkaaLos Angeles Reader
 
A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.
lisäsi GYKM | muokkaaSan Francisco Bay Guardian
 

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Stephenson, Nealensisijainen tekijäkaikki painoksetvahvistettu
Davis, JonathanKertojamuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
Jensen, BruceKansikuvataiteilijamuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
Körber, JoachimÜbersetzermuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
Podevin, Jean-FrançoisKansikuvataiteilijamuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
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Kanoninen teoksen nimi
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Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
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Epigrafi (motto tai mietelause kirjan alussa)
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snow n. . . . 2.a. Anything resembling snow. b. The white specks on a television screen resulting from weak reception.

crash v....--intr. . . . 5. To fail suddenly, as a business or an economy.
---The American Heritage Dictionary

virus. . . . [L. virus slimy liquid, poison, offensive odor or taste.] 1. Venom, such as is emitted by a poisonous animal. 2. Path a. A morbid principle or poisonous substance produced in the body as the result of some disease, esp. one capable of being introduced into other persons or animals by inoculations or otherwise and of developing the same disease in them. . . . 3. fig. A moral or intellectual poison, or poisonous influence.
--The Oxford English Dictionary
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Ensimmäiset sanat
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The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed subcategory. He's got esprit up to here.
Sitaatit
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HIRO PROTAGONIST
Last of the freelance hackers
Greatest sword fighter in the world
Stringer, Central Intelligence Corporation
Specializing in software-related intel
(music, movies & microcode)
When you are wrestling for possession of a sword, the man with the handle always wins.
"Did you win your sword fight?"
"Of course I won the fucking sword fight," Hiro says. "I'm the greatest sword fighter in the world."
"And you wrote the software."
"Yeah. That, too," Hiro says.
Viimeiset sanat
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