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Neal Stephenson

Datum narození: 31. říjen 1959

Neal Stephenson je americký spisovatel. Jeho beletristická díla bývají řazena do rozličných kategorií, od cyberpunku, přes historické romány, science fiction až po postcyberpunk. Některé knihy mu vyšly pod pseudonymem Stephen Bury.

Ve svých knihách se zabývá matematikou, kryptografií, filozofií, měnami a historií vědy. Mimo to píše i nebeletristické články o technologii pro různé časopisy, například Wired, a dřív pracoval na částečný úvazek jako poradce pro firmu Blue Origin, která vyvíjí suborbitální kosmickou stanici.


„Hmyz v džungli vás považuje za velké kusy živého, avšak nepříliš dobře hájeného jídla. Schopnost pohybu není ani tak odstrašující prostředek, spíš slouží jako nezfalšovatelná záruka čerstvosti.“ Cryptonomicon

„See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places“ Snow Crash


„Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.“

„Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.“ Cryptonomicon

„The difference between stupid and intelligent people – and this is true whether or not they are well-educated – is that intelligent people can handle subtlety.“ The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

„Ninety-nine percent of everything that goes on in most Christian churches has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual religion. Intelligent people all notice this sooner or later, and they conclude that the entire one hundred percent is bullshit, which is why atheism is connected with being intelligent in people's minds.“ Snow Crash

„She's a woman, you're a dude. You're notto understand her. That'swhat she's after.... She doesn't want you to understand. She knowsimpossible. She just wants you to understand. Everything else is negotiable.“ Snow Crash

„Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor.“ Anathem


„When you are wrestling for possession of a sword, the man with the handle always wins.“ Snow Crash

„To condense fact from the vapor of nuance.“ Snow Crash

„I just saved your fucking life, Mom.... You could at least offer me an Oreo.“ Snow Crash

„Nell," the Constable continued, indicating through his tone of voice that the lesson was concluding, "the difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent. The difference between stupid and intelligent people—and this is true whether or not they are well-educated—is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations—in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward.“ The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer


„Show some fucking adaptability!“ Cryptonomicon

„Whenever serious and competent people need to get things done in the real world, all considerations of tradition and protocol fly out the window.“ Quicksilver

„Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways.“ Anathem

„It was, of course, nothing more than sexism, the especially virulent type espoused by male techies who sincerely believe that they are too smart to be sexists.“ Snow Crash

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