Big, complex and ambitious, this new cyber-thriller calls to mind Pynchon's Gravities Rainbow in it's intense, paranoid evocation of conspiracies and secret histories.
Set in part during WWII, Stephenson's novel concerns Lawrence Waterhouse, mathematical genius and code breaker extraordinaire. Assigned to the super-secret Detachment 2702, Waterhouse is instrumental in the Allied plot to keep the Nazis unaware that their fabled enigma code has been broken. Almost as a sideline, he helps trigger the computer age.
Nearly 60 years later, Waterhouse's computer hacker grandson Randy is attempting to create a high-tech data haven in SE Asia, only to discover that a variety of governments and shadowy secret organizations want a piece of his company's action. Uncovering evidence of a long dormant conspiracy with it's roots partly in his grandfather's work in cryptology, Randy eventually discovers that enormous amounts of war gold are involved, enough to change the entire economy of the planet.
This fast-paced, genre-transcending novel is full of absorbing action,witty dialogue and well-drawn characters. Amazingly, it is also the first volume in what promises to be one of the most extravagant literary creations of the turn of the millenium - and beyond.
About the Author
Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
"Cryptonomicon, a novel of such ambition and intensity that most modern fiction looks timid and shallow in comparison..." * Guardian * "Cryptonomicon was dauntingly vast: brilliant, splenetic, paranoid and beguiling in roughly equal measures... Stephenson's...thrilling fluency" * TLS * "An audaciously conceived tale of code-making and code-breaking" * New York Times * "A brilliant patchwork of codebreaking mathematicians and their descendants who are striving to create a data-haven in the Philippines...trust me on this one" * Guardian * "Pynchon meets Gibson in the biggest novel of the season" * Time Out *
Number Of Pages: 928
Published: May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.4 x 4.9
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1