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Jun 17, 2005 8:54 am

Stephenson Speaks

If Neal Stephenson wrote an op-ed in the NYT about anything, I'd probably blog it, but he in fact wrote one about Star Wars and geekery, and some of the political/cultural implications he has observed. Interesting analysis for anyone who follows broad cultural trends, and of course mandatory reading for Star Wars geeks or Stephenson geeks.

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William Marina - 6/17/2005

Hombre, no hay una problema!
30 years ago I used to be a Contrib. Ed. to Reason and on the Bd. of the Foundation, '78-84.
I found myself increasingly out of step with the foreign pollicy views there, much as later happened with Mises, but I still think fondly of Bob Poole.

Aeon J. Skoble - 6/17/2005

Hmm, sloppy html coding in that last reply. There should be a hyperlink to the essay he wrote, and one to the Reason mag interview.

Aeon J. Skoble - 6/17/2005

Short? Not really. His books are long, yet readers typically report being sorry that the book has ended. I've only read _Snow Crash_ and _Cryptonomicon_, but I'll be reading (or at least starting) _The Baroque Cycle_ this summer. Also, he wrote this fascinating (but also long) essay on the history of the personal computer:>
He was interviewd in Reason Magazine not too long ago, that's here:
He's vaguely libertarianish as far as I can tell.

William Marina - 6/17/2005

Mr. Stephenson sure takes a long time to get to the obvious.
In checking thru his many titles listed at, I see all of them seem to be in the range of 800-900 pages.
Since you know something of his work, is there anything short, that gives some sense of his worldview?