Snow Crash

This did to books what The Matrix did to movies.

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Kalina Zografska
Kalina Zografska@kzograf · Product fella @trygigster & @publitas
"When it gets down to it — talking trade balances here — once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here — once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel — once the Invisible Hand has taken away all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity — y'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else: music movies microcode (software) high-speed pizza delivery”
nikhilHunter@n1khl · Student, UC Berkeley
Possibly the most popular book by Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (the title derives from a particular software failure mode on the early Apple Macintosh computer) features a swordsman-hacker teaming up with an extreme skateboarder to fight a computer virus for the brain. Typical for a Stephenson novel, the plot jumps from frenetic action, satiric or absurdist humor, and huge infodumps at random. The book is notable for its uncanny prediction of future trends. Also featuring memes before they became internet currency. Some of the things it described include virtual reality, satellite photography and a massive user-created online library. Certain real world equivalents (Second Life, Google Earth) having been inspired by the book itself. A couple of days ago, Sergey Brin listed "Snow Crash" as one of his favorite books.