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The rise and fall of D.O.D.O. : a novel

Author: Neal Stephenson; Nicole Galland
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Science fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stephenson, Neal.
Rise and fall of D.O.D.O.
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2017]
(DLC) 2016051782
Material Type: Fiction, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neal Stephenson; Nicole Galland
ISBN: 9780062409164 0062409166 9780062409157 0062409158 9780062695864 006269586X
OCLC Number: 959038737
Notes: "A novel"--Jacket.
Description: 752 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Rise and fall of Department of Diachronic Operations
Responsibility: Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.

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"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."--

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