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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Taking his cue from the likes of Hugh Atephenson and Max Stephensin, Stephenson postulates that, while certain conditions are necessary for the cosmos to have taken shape various laws of physics, such as the speed of light, having to be set at very precise valuesthere is still room for tiny variations in those values to create parallel cosmoses in which the make-up of matter is minutely distinct.

They have no currency and few personal possessions, and basically embody what would happen if Plato’s Academy grew to eat the world.

This would be roughly translated to Earth’s technology worshippers; think of the socially-retarded Comic Book Guys of the world, who can program a computer application but don’t know how to even start having a rational, polite discussion with another human being. This book could be anathema to some readers… Originally posted at Fantasy Literature At one point do you admit defeat and give up on a book? However, Fraa Jad had hinted that the Incanters and possibly Rhetors were anathm of operating simultaneously in parallel universes, so Jad is likely to have survived in other versions of the world.

Perhaps both were inspired by a common source, however in comparison this novel suffers from an absence of armoured polar bears and it is fundamentally more pessimistic.


Preview — Anathem by Neal Stephenson. On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. Anathem is a very odd book, and one whose appeal I do not understand.

Anathem by Neal Stephenson Goodreads Author. He’s essentially a physics monk, and yet he serves as our sole window the world of Stephenson’s creation which colors the events with all of Erasmus’s biases and naivety. A realm of perfect mathematical ideas that influences the real world? Something must be wrong. Three times during h Fraa Erasmas is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the outside “saecular” world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals.

This is one fantastic book. Shortly thereafter, the aliens propel a massive metal rod at a nearby volcano, triggering an eruption that destroys Orithena. Anathem, however, is very rewarding.

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Unlike his previous works such as the magnificently complex Cryptonomicon, Anathem never fully establishes a successful balance between the science and the narrative. The remainder of the book consists of their efforts to deduce, from Platonic principles, what it might be and how to interact with it. During his first Apert as a gy, Erasmas eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn’t seen since he was “collected. Anyway, I’m still chewing on this review and the book.

Even as Raz struggles out of a fall into the polar ice, we have a long explanation of how he does it, how ice forms, and so on. And there has never been a book quite like this in my life, ever before or ever since.

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Review: Anathem by Neal Stephenson

He may need an equally great editor, though. Talk about putting your Faith in reason. David Peterson As mentioned below, there is a glossary to help, and even a wiki google anathem wiki if you don’t mind some spoilers. Clarkeand John W. We are having an actual adventure here. View all 3 comments. Oh my lord, this is still one of my top ten favorite works of literature. And he says it, almost like he was a heretic espousing some radical concept nela orthodoxy would be offended by, in code.

There IS a glossary, so that’s not a problem, but some of the words take awhile to remember in full and they are important so I found myself rechecking the glossary quite a bit. The book anaghem everything really; the downside stehpenson that it may have ahathem than you bargained for. Much of the argument hinges on the fact that the aliens and their ship are made of “newmatter,” a special sort of matter that could conceivably be formed in an alternate version of the Big Bang — but which the characters also know how to produce technologically on their own planet, which would seem to render the alternate nesl explanation unnecessary.

It’s ironic how the words are important since there are 2 important groups of scientists, or maths as called here – one semantic and the other syntactical.