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The typical Cyberpunk metaphor explains the natural with the technological. In the section, where Hiro and The Librarian talk about the Sumerian myth and how it is connected with languages, he often uses expressions such as hardware and software, when describing the human brain. Another typical feature of Cyberpunk is the neologisms it introduces. They function as the 3rd order simulacra Baudrillard The author tells us what their purpose is, but since we have no counterpart for it in our world, we have to create our own image for it.
Metaverse The most significant piece of technology in the novel is, in my opinion, the Metaverse, virtual reality — a computer generated universe - that can be accessed via computer or public terminal.
One, also, has to be wearing goggles and earphones. The person is not actually there, they just see the 3D picture through their goggles. The main place in the Metaverse is the so-called Street, where all the main clubs and bars are located.
The most popular is The Black Sun, at which all the famous people spend their time, Hiro being one of them since he also helped to construct it. Everyone has their own avatar, which is an audiovisual body for communication in the Metaverse. The whole Metaverse functions as a simulation - a copy without the original. It has no representation in the reality, so it is an example of the 3rd order simulacra Baudrillard With technologies such as chat rooms, facebook, messenger, and many others, you can recreate yourself and become anyone — Metaverse is just taking this one step further.
I think that as technology develops such things will become completely possible. Post-cyberpunk Features One of the markers of Post-modernity is that the line between natural and technological is becoming more and more blurred. There are several examples from the novel that demonstrate this very well.
The two are so closely intertwined that the difference is not even relevant anymore. We can find many examples in the novel where the natural and the technological are being combined for the purpose of enhancing a human or animal body. An example of this is the Rat things, which are essentially dogs that have been modified with technological parts, so that they posses almost supernatural abilities.
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Another example is a character called Ng. His helicopter caught fire during an evacuation and his body was badly burned, as a result he now moves by help of a vehicle, which is an extension of his body, and is immersed in some kind of liquid.
He has no arms or legs; there are just wires, optic cables, tubes, etc. A good example of technological parts used to enhance humans are gargoyles, which are people who have computer parts, such as radars, ambient-sound processing, etc, connected to them.
Hiro tries this at some point as well, and there is a quote from the novel which I find very interesting. Very post-modern. The computer calculates the most probable outcome from the circumstances Hiro is in and if he does not wish for those circumstances to happen he has to alter his plan of action.
Linguistic Elements in the Novel The two main linguistic theories mentioned in the novel are the Relativist and the Universalist school.
The relativists believed that a language is not a vehicle of thought but rather a determining medium, the framework of cognition.
Our perceptions are organized by the flux of sensations passing through the framework.
So the study of the evolution is the study of the human mind itself Stephenson The Universalists believed that if you analyze and compare languages enough they all have common traits. They thought that at some point the language has to be inside the human brain. The character of Lagos believes that a new born human brain has no structure and as the child learns a language, the developing brain is structured accordingly. The language becomes a permanent part of the deep structure of the brain.
He actually combines the Relativist and the Universalist theory. Still holds up after multiple readings. Neal Stephenson at his absolute finest, you'll be hooked on his style as soon as you're finished with this one. Waiting for the movie adaptation still, seems like it's in development hell for a while. Until then, read the book - it's got humor, history, religion, anthropology, futurism, and a lot more for any reader willing to peek into Stephenson's world.
I haven't read anything of Stephenson's since Seveneves. Before that my only other exposure was with Anathem. With those two books as my previous experience I was a little hesitant to dive into one of Neal's massive tomes with endless paragraphs of info dump and esoteric scientific explanations.
Yes, there are large chunks of Stephenson's verbose prose. But while action packed and with an amazing world that only Stephenson can build this was still "light" compared to those novels. I just read this again for the second time after having read it first about a year ago. First off It's a great story and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the cyberpunk type science fiction. The only complaint about this work will be that the author gets into a bit of a detailed description that some people might find slow, but he does it in little chunks, so it's doable.
The action-adventure stuff is great and fast moving. The "coming-of-age" aspect is good, the dual hero aspect is really well done. The villains are terrible. The tech is great to read about. Highly recommend this. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
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After having finished Ready Player One somewhat recently before reading this, I marveled at the similarities considering the books were written something like 25 years apart. And the fact that this one was written in the early 90s is not lost on me, as there were many futuristic components that are eerily similar to what we have in our world today.
The biggest downfall of me was that this book was so incredibly dense. On the one hand, Stephenson created a fictional world based on the real world where I live Los Angeles and described it with immense detail. But on the other hand, there was so much description to slog through that I found myself re-reading some things over and over trying to absorb it and not always quite getting it. Definitely a gripping story overall, but was left many times confused as to what was going on.
Plus In the end, there were many questions left unanswered, but it is what it is. Would still recommend it for anyone who likes Futuristic Sci Fi. See all 1, reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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Pun very much intended. Maybe this had something to do with the clumsily thrown in heaps of infodump, painfully interrupting already shaky and unsteady narrative, adding tons of poorly placed and far-fetched exposition which it mistakes for layers of complexity, basking in self-importance while being needlessly silly and, frankly, needless.
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Maybe it was the sheer number of complex plot threads that weaves complexity but ended up going nowhere, with few admittedly, memorable exceptions. Maybe it was what I can only perceive as casual racism so pervasive in descriptions of most 'ethnic' characters and entire groups featured in this novel, so present in every casually thrown stereotype.
Intentional or not, it was unpleasantly grating. Maybe it was the lack of dimension in Stephenson's characters. Hiro appears to be created as an embodiment of a teenage computer whiz's dreams, not developing in the slightest throughout the novel, only acquiring more and more badassery in the throwaway 'why not?
Raven and Uncle Enzo, frustratingly underdeveloped. Juanita, whose character could have been interesting, appears to exist solely as potential mate for Hiro. The only times I felt any connection to the characters were the appearances of the robotic dog, and I am not even a dog person. She has spunk and heart and confidence that is engaging and does not strike fakes notes that often.
She made me almost care, and for this I appreciate her character. If only the rest if the book had the same spiritHiro, the main protagonists and also one of the narrators, is such an example.
Main article: Metaverse The Metaverse is a collective virtual shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space,  including the sum of all virtual worlds , augmented reality , and the internet. Fiction Science Fiction. Reading Snow Crash has been both interesting and fun. The weapon, created by Ng, was still in beta testing , and suffers a software crash during a battle, resulting in the death of its user.
An example of this is the Rat things, which are essentially dogs that have been modified with technological parts, so that they posses almost supernatural abilities. Highly recommend this. But awesome ingredients do not always add up to a satisfying dish as my horrible cook self Disliking this book seemed quite impossible.
In short, you give up the rich fictional world to gain the theoretical one.