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Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson (b. October 31, 1959 in Fort Meade, Maryland) is primarily a science fiction writer, who, although principally writing about computer and computer-related technologies such as nanotechnology, does not belong to the cyberpunk school of writers such as William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.

Although he wrote earlier novels such as the eco-thriller[?] Zodiac, he came to fame in the early 1990s with the deeply funny novel Snow Crash which fuses memetics, computer viruses, and other high-tech themes with Sumerian mythology. He has written two subsequent novels The Diamond Age: or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer which deals with a future with extensive nanotechnology, and Cryptonomicon, a novel concerned with computing and codebreaking from the second World War codebreakers to a modern attempt to set up a data haven. (Though the title is reminiscent of the Necronomicon, a fictional work detailed within the works of the writer H. P. Lovecraft, Stephenson has stated that this is because he liked the sound of the name; he had not read any Lovecraft at that time, and the novel has no connection with Lovecraft's themes.)

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He has also written fiction as Stephen Bury together with J. Frederick George - at least two novels, Interface and The Cobweb.

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