WorldCat Identities

Stephenson, Neal

Works: 221 works in 1,271 publications in 20 languages and 32,283 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  Action and adventure fiction  History  Historical fiction  Humorous fiction  Political fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Novels  Cyberpunk fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3569.T3868, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Neal Stephenson
Snow crash by Neal Stephenson( Book )

126 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in 16 languages and held by 2,907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 cyber-sensibility to bring us the gigantic thriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's Cosa Nostra Inc., but it 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
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson( Book )

109 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 2,830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American computer hacker operating in Southeast Asia attempts to break a World War II cypher to find the location of a missing shipment of gold. The gold was stolen by the Japanese during the war. By the author of The Diamond Age
Anathem by Neal Stephenson( Book )

52 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 2,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians. There, he and his cohorts are sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, and unpredictable 'saecular' world
Seveneves : [a novel] by Neal Stephenson( Book )

45 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain ... Five thousand years later, their progeny -- seven distinct races now three billion strong -- embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown ... to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson( Book )

61 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The exploits of an alchemy-rejecting scientist, a vagabond leader, and a former Turkish harem prisoner intersect in the world of the American colonies, the Tower of London, and the courts of Louis XIV
Reamde by Neal Stephenson( Book )

48 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When his own high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered
The diamond age, or, Young lady's illustrated primer by Neal Stephenson( Book )

65 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of an interactive book, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, written by John Hackworth, a nano engineer. It helps a girl become a princess and educates an army of girls who eventually save his life. The setting is a world where molecular machines create any object desired and where nations have been replaced by cultural enclaves, in this case the neo-Victorians of coastal China. Part-science fiction, part-political thriller
The confusion by Neal Stephenson( Book )

65 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves -- including one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack -- devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues -- a perilous race for an enormous prize of silver ... nay, gold ... nay, legendary gold. In Europe, the exquisite and resourceful Eliza, Countess de la Zeur, is stripped of her immense personal fortune by France's most dashing privateer. Penniless and at risk from those who desire either her or her head (or both), she is caught up in a web of international intrigue, even as she desperately seeks the return of her most precious possession. Meanwhile, Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rivalry intensifies, stubborn alchemy does battle with the natural sciences, dastardly plots are set in motion ... and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the madness into which his world has descended"--Page 4 of cover
The system of the world by Neal Stephenson( Book )

43 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the wake of a power struggle between the throne-seeking Tories and Whigs in early eighteenth-century England, Daniel Waterhouse teams up with Isaac Newton to hunt down a shadowy group that uses time bombs to kill Natural Philosophers
The rise and fall of D.O.D.O. : a novel by Neal Stephenson( Book )

19 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidentally meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money. Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London's Crystal Palace--the world's fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it's up to Tristan to find out why. And so the Department of Diachronic Operations--D.O.D.O.--gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive ... and meddle with a little history at the same time."--
Zodiac : the eco-thriller by Neal Stephenson( Book )

44 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Something's rotten in Boston Harbor. The lobsters and the lobstermen are throwing off PCB readings high enough to curl anyone's hair. The Red Sox are stumbling through another season of shame. Mysterious speedboats are shadowing the inflatable Zodiac rafts of the local environmental group. And fans of Poyzen Boyzen, a rock band with a fondness for pit bulls, have taken over a beached wreck from which lethal contamination flows freely into already troubled waters. What this place needs is a guy with a cheap cigar, a fast Zodiac, and a bad attitude. A solid grounding in biochemistry wouldn't hurt, either. Only Sangamon Taylor, a vigilante who slings a test tube instead of a revolver for GEE--the Group of Environmental Extremists--can put two and two together in order to make all kinds of trouble. His adversaries: dull-witted rent-a-cops, the dull-witted media, the shadowy polluter, whose CEO is running for President, and a generation of complacent materialists spawned by Route 128's high-tech propserity; not to mention a new-fangled bacterium that threatens to suffocate all ocean life. Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt from a can to Scotch on the rocks. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil--all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places. Before long Taylor's house is bombed, his every move followed, he's adopted by reservation Indians, moves onto the FBI's most-wanted list, makes up with his girlfriend, and plays a starring role in the near-assassination of a presidential candidate. Closing the case with the aid of his burnout roommate, his tofu-eating comrades, three major networks, and a range of unconventional weaponry, Sangamon Taylor pulls off the most startling caper in Boston Harbor since the Tea Party. As he navigates this ecological thriller with hardboiled wit and the biggest outboard motor he can get his hands on, Taylor reveals himself to be one of the last of the white-hatted good guys in a very toxic world." -- back cover
Some remarks : essays and other writing by Neal Stephenson( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of essays from #1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson"--
Anathem by Neal Stephenson( Recording )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and German and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having lived in a monastery since childhood, away from the violent upheavals of the outside world, Raz becomes one of a group of formerly cloistered scholars who are appointed by a fear-driven higher power to avert an impending catastrophe
Interface by Neal Stephenson( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantagge. An advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip in his head hardwires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channeled directly into his brain. Forget issues. Forget policy. He's more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect
The Mongoliad( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1241, warriors try to stop the Mongols from invading Europe; in the nineteenth century, a group of martial artists provide a language expert with lost manuscripts to translate that chronicle their ancestors' thirteenth century battles
Seveneves : a novel by Neal Stephenson( Recording )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space
The cobweb by Neal Stephenson( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the Gulf War approaches, Iraqi agents in the U.S. prepare biological terror. The plot is discovered by Sheriff Clyde Banks as he investigates the murder of an Arab student in an agricultural college in Iowa
In the beginning ... was the command line by Neal Stephenson( Book )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is " the Word"--Neal Stephenson's word, certainly- about the art (and artifice) of the state of our computer-centric existence. This book is a thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious treatise on the cyber-culture past and present. He talks about the operating system tyrannies and downloaded popular revolutions as well as the internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, and not to mention the meaning of life itself.--[book cover]
The Mongoliad by Neal Stephenson( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the aftermath of the world-shattering Mongolian invasion of 1241, Shield Brethren, an order of warrior monks, search for a way to overthrow the horde; Haakon must prove his mettle or lose his life in the ring; and Father Rodrigo takes up arms in the name of his Lord
Reamde by Neal Stephenson( Recording )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having fled to British Columbia decades ago to avoid the draft, Richard Forthrast then amassed a fortune transporting marijuana over the border to Idaho. Now he spends his time playing a power-wielding online fantasy game and his money buying viral gold and other necessaries from Chinese gold farmers and, finally, launching his own techie start-up. Alas, one of the gold farmers sets off a virtual war for dominance that could be the end of Richard
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CryptonomiconAnathemQuicksilverReamdeThe diamond age, or, Young lady's illustrated primerThe confusionThe system of the worldZodiac : the eco-thriller
Alternative Names

controlled identityBury, Stephen, 1959-

Bury, Stephen.

Bury, Stephen 1959-

Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson Amerikaans schrijver

Neal Stephenson amerikansk författare

Neal Stephenson amerikansk skribent

Neal Stephenson amerykański pisarz

Neal Stephenson auteur de romans de science-fiction

Neal Stephenson autore di fantascienza statunitense

Neal Stephenson Escriptor estatunidenc de ciència ficció

Neal Stephenson sci-fi író

Neal Stephenson US-amerikanischer Science-Fiction-Autor

Neal Town Stephenson

Stephenson, N.

Stephenson, Neal Town.

Stephenson, Neal Town 1959-

Stephenson, Neil Town 1959-

Нийл Стивънсън

Нил Стивенсон

Ніл Стівенсон

ניל סטיבנסון

نیل استیفنسن نویسنده آمریکایی

نیل استیونسن

스티븐슨, 닐 1959-

스티븐슨, 닐 타운 1959-

スティーヴンスン, ニール

スティーブンスン, ニール