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The "brilliantly realized" (The New York Times Book Review) modern classic that coined the term "metaverse"-one of Time's 100 best English-language novels and "a foundational text of the cyberpunk movement" (Wired), now in a gorgeous new hardcover edition featuring bonus material In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous . . . you'll recognize it immediately.
Discover the cult classic behind the major new TV adaption from the creators of Westworld, starring Chloe Grace Moretz.-----'Big-screen, popcorn-chewing thrills' GuardianFlynne Fisher lives in the rural American South, working at the local 3D printing shop, while earning much needed extra money playing VR games for rich people. One night she dons a headset and finds herself in futuristic London-a sleek and mysterious world, alluringly different from her own hardscrabble existence. But this isn't like any game she's ever played before: Flynne begins to realize it isn't virtual reality... it's real.Someone in London, seventy years in the future, has found a way to open a door to Flynne's world. And as utterly beguiling as London is... it's also dangerous. As Flynne searches to discover who has connected their worlds, and for what purpose, her presence here sets dangerous forces into motion...forces intent on destroying Flynne and her family in her own world.The Peripheral is master storyteller William Gibson's dazzling, hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind - and what lies beyond.-----'Mesmerizing, captivating, haunting' Sunday Times'Frightening, plausible. Not just a unique and brilliantly talented SF novelist but a social and psychological visionary' The Times'Frantic with imagination and frantic with the appetite to see what happens next' Observer'A swirlingly philosophical quantum daydream of drones and bodyswapping' Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
THE 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION WITH NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED MATERIALAfter the Internet, what came next?Enter the Metaverse - cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street - the Metaverse's main drag - is Snow Crash. A cyberdrug that reduces avatars in the digital world to dust, but also infects users in real life, leaving them in a vegetative state.This is bad news for Hiro, a freelance hacker and the Metaverse's best swordfighter, and mouthy skateboard courier Y. T.. Together, investigating the Infocalypse, they trace back the roots of language itself to an ancient Sumerian priesthood and find they must race to stop a shadowy virtual villain hell-bent on world domination.In this special edition of the remarkably prescient modern classic, Neal Stephenson exploreslinguistics, computer science, politics and philosophy in the form of a break-neck adventure into the fast-approaching yet eerily recognizable future.'Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the twenty-first century' William Gibson'Brilliantly realized' New York Times Book Review 'Like a Pynchon novel with the brakes removed' Washington Post'A remarkably prescient vision of today's tech landscape' Vanity Fair
Get ready for a wild ride from Barsa-Kelmes to Silicon Valley.Barsa Kelmes: The Nomads Return follows Professor Ansar Tolengitovich, a disillusioned molecular biologist in Kazakhstan, who uses biomaterials for cloning. The Professor ends up cloning Kenesary, the tragically decapitated last khan of the Kazakhs. Afterwards, he finds Tomyris, a volunteer surrogate mother, and chooses the island of Barsa-Kelmes to manufacture a hero to revive the nomadic civilization. Kenesary moves to the United Kingdom to study. He meets a Uyghur tightrope-walker who has been brainwashed to believe he is a reincarnation of Amursana, the last prince of Jungars, and historically, Kenesary's own uncle. Seeking legitimacy, the pair seek out the Queen, and try to gain royal status. This puts them in the crosshairs of a Russian agent and Kazakh president Qozganov, who are not excited about having these "e;pretenders"e; back on the political steppe. Their continuing adventures lead them to many questions. Who is really behind Kenesary and Amursana's re-creation? What is the true secret of the Eternal Head that privately rules Russia? Can they sidestep trouble and revive the nomadic way of life in the modern world or will the new Kenesary get into trouble again?
Dr. Owen Miller, pushing for an unmanned space mission NASA is not inclined to support, travels to India where he meets Manu Sharma, who seems to be the right solution. Together, they work toward sending a new electric unmanned vehicle to probe an unknown space body, hovering over a black hole near the sun. When Owen suddenly disappears, Manu is left alone to prepare the world for a dystopian future. Ben and his father Philip have been kidnapped by Manu and placed in an underground bunker. In the midst of introspection, futuristic technology, and social commentary, they become aware of a new society filling up the bunker. Asha, a mysterious girl who has known Owen since she was a child, enters the bunker and changes everything. Will Manu be able to save the world? Who are Phil, Ben, and Asha? And why are they important? To find out, navigate through the most realistic Sci-Fi ever, that has plausible futuristic technologies, a huge premise and a philosophical AI that spits slam poetry.
YOUR DESTINY IS CREATED, NOT DICTATED. The year is 3525 and humanity is in the midst of the new Dark Ages. The Centurion Reich rules the galaxy with an iron fist. Everywhere you look is corruption and despair, thanks in large part to the new overly ambitious Emperor Titus the Mad. The only thing standing between the emperor and the complete subjugation of the human race is a ragtag crew of outsiders and misfits. Labeled pyrates by the state-run media in an effort to slander them, this group of undesirables stumble across a mysterious experimental serum that grants them superhuman-like abilities. But will it be enough against the most powerful empire in the galaxy?The long-awaited first novel by Russ Storm is a sci-fi fantasy set in a dystopian future that gives the reader the best of several different genres.