Decades into our future, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful Neo-Victorians. He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called a young lady's illustrated primer, designed to raise a girl capable of thinking for herself. Unfortunately, for Hackworth, he loses his smuggled copy to a gang of street urchins in a mugging. One of the young thugs presents the primer to his little sister, Nell and suddenly her life - and perhaps the whole future of humanity - is about to be decoded and reprogrammed... vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, The Diamond Age is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our time.
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Decades into the future, near the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful neo-Victorians, by making an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer". Seattle Weekly called Stephenson's Snow Crash "The most influential book since ... Neuromancer."Review:
A brilliant, tricky, twenty-first-century version of Pygmalion ( Guardian)
A wealth of hip, social and technological riffs, stories-within-stories and not a few good jokes. Invest ( Time Out)
The Quentin Tarantino of postcyberpunk science fiction. Stephenson has upped the form's ante with rambunctious glee ( Village Voice)
A new era in science fiction. People will walk around slack-jawed for days and reemerge with a radically redefined sense of reality (Bruce Sterling)
Establishes Stephenson as a powerful voice for the cyber age. At once whimsical, satirical, and cautionary ( USA Today)
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Book Description Penguin Books, Limited (UK), 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX014027037X
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