Review: Anathem by Neal StephensonNeal Stephenson’s speculations on language and philosophy impress Christopher Brookmyre. how about: “Anathem is a big novel about the history of philosophy and Some of the niftiest people ever live in Neal Stephenson’s head. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson, is one of my favorite books of all time—a thousand-page journey to another world that feels just a step removed.

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In some science fiction sttephenson, the alternate universe concept would just be tossed off in the course of a page or two, and things would move on. And how are the ancient theses of antiquity revitalized under this aspect and implemented in new technologies and social models? In the final Narrative the one that continues forward Erasmas awakens in a hospital on the starship to the perplexing news that Fraa Jad had died immediately after their launch, contradicting his obvious presence and Raz’s memories up to that point.

Much research is done on the samples Orolo sacrificed his life to save, and the aliens are found stephendon come from planets in four parallel and distinct cosmos: The avout even have their own slightly different version of Occam’s Razor, which they call the Steelyard. And its ultimate goal is to get people to think in terms of long timelines, instead of letting our horizons become very short. Anathem suffers some of the same pretentions as The Baroque Cycle Quicksilver, The Confusion, and System of the Worldbut not nearly to such an extreme and will likely be much more enjoyable to most readers.

The American novelist has long been considered one of the great madmen of science fiction, a towering intellect who synthesizes technical mumbo-jumbo and a Monty-Pythonesque capacity for silliness into daunting tomes as entertaining as they are impenetrable. I feel bad, because there’s a nagging voice in the back of my head that keeps telling me I should appreciate it more, but appreciation is not the same as enjoyment, and therein lies the rub.


There is a strong case for thinking this book utterly tiresome. In this new page doorstop, Stephenson tries to solve this problem with approximately pages of exposition, setting up the mindset of a post-apocalyptic monastery where you have religious scholarship without the religion mostly.

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And by using an entertaining story as a delivery system, an author can get concepts across to people who would never encounter them otherwise. The last straw is that it’s science fiction. In order to familiarize the reader with the new words, many of which are analogous to English, Latin or Greek words and ideas, he put a glossary at the end of the book. I love this book so much that I named one of my cats Erasmas after the hero. It is the many worlds theory evoked with a greater elegance than I have read in any previous work of “speculative fiction”.

We just call him Razzie unless he gets a antahem telling-off for humping his little brother. Rather than focusing on worship of any god, the inhabitants of this monastery–which is co-ed and does not require celibacy of its inhabitants–devote themselves to studying principles of science and mathematics. Cherryh Hyperion by Dan Simmons However, the tired, overworked, long-haired geek in search of entertainment who resides a bit closer to my surface is struggling to award it any more than two stars for the brief, fitful glimpses of story b between the concepts.

Now, after flirting with historical fiction in his Baroque Trilogy, Stephenson has returned to his roots with a vengeance.

Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity even more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. This will not stop me from attempting the next Neal Stephenson snarfle, however.

Stephenson took the idea of that clock, made it many clocks, and then built a civilization around them, in the grand old tradition of science fiction writers taking new technology and then asking “What if? So no, length is not the issue. Above all, sstephenson overlapping of natural science and the humanities, primarily philosophical, intuition and interpretation is devoted much space.


It blew me away with its epic length, its fascinating, multi-layered plot, its occasional moments of unexpected, gut-busting hilarity, and its clear, incisive writing, which was often put to use i EDIT: Und wie werden die alten Thesen der Antike unter diesem Gesichtspunkt revitalisiert und in neue Technologien und Gesellschaftsmodelle implementiert? Large portions of the book involve detailed discussions of mathematics, physics, and neaal.

The book intends to do one thing, and one thing only — it intends to expose the reader to a set of concepts and arguments Stephenson finds interesting.

In the realm of the avout

anathme And what a story it is! I read through the glossary a few times to get comfortable, and got to like the sound of these alien terms.

First off, I should mention that it definitely helps to have even a slight interest in the ‘big questions,’ such as the nature of reality, life, etc. Avout from the Ringing Vale, who dedicate their lives to study of the martial arts and military tacticshead off to destroy the ship’s main weapon, ultimately successful, but also perishing in their attack. And like I said, another fifteen hundred words concerning just that subject will be coming tomorrow.

Talk about putting your Faith in reason. There’s a really exciting novella buried here, but it would take an entire concent another millennium to unearth it.

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But I sure loved it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. What we have is something like H. Preview — Anathem by Neal Stephenson.

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I said some of you might not agree with me. As an appendix to the novel, Stephenson includes three “Calca”, discussions among the avout of purely philosophical or vy content.

And how the splinters and fragments of previous ideologies transform into new cults.