Snow Crash was written by Neal Stephenson and published in 1992.
The Mafia, the nation of Mr. Lee’s Greater Hong Kong, a cyborg, a skateboarding kourier, and a pizza-delivering hacker who is the greatest swordsman of the world team up to stop a communications monopolist from releasing a virus that affects people and computers.
Reasons to Read
The main character’s name is Hiro Protagonist. Key book in the cyberpunk canon. Stephenson almost invented the word avatar. Dystopian, commercialized, libertarian world where laws basically don’t exist. Cyborg doggies called Rat Things. It’s hard to predict where the novel is headed. Ancient Sumerian religion and artifacts. It’s way, way, way better than the Cryptonomicon. Sword fighting. Hackers. And again, sword fighting.
Reasons to Skip
It’s 2013, having virtual reality and avatars explained to you like you have no idea what they are is annoying. You hate cyberpunk. Even electric blankets make you uncomfortable. Stephenson made up words and new lingo. You will not have your belief in a utopian future challenged.
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What To Wear While Reading
Nintendo Power Glove, jumpsuit, and virtual reality goggles.
Food and Drink Pairing
Smirnoff Vodka found in a motel nightstand and energy bars.
If Walt Whitman Wrote This Book
He would sing the hacker electric.