Spectra Books, Paperback, 9780553380958, 480pp.
Publication Date: May 2, 2000
Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age.
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.
Mr. Stephenson now resides in a comfortable home in the western hemisphere and spends all of his time trying to retrofit an office into its generally dark, unlevel, and asbestos-laden basement so that he can attempt to write more novels. Despite the tremendous amounts of time he devotes to writing, playing with computers, listening to speed metal, Rollerblading, and pounding nails, he is a flawless husband, parent, neighbor, and all-around human being."
"Stephenson has not stepped, he has vaulted onto the literary stage with this novel."—Los Angeles Reader
"A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole."—San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century."—William Gibson
"Brilliantly realized...Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow."—New York Times Book Review