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||October 31, 1959
Fort Meade, Maryland
||Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist
Neal Town Stephenson is an American writer, known for his speculative fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk. Stephenson explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired Magazine, and has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff Bezos) developing a manned sub-orbital launch system.
Born in Fort Meade, Maryland (home of the NSA and the National Cryptologic Museum) Stephenson came from a family comprising engineers and hard scientists he dubs "propeller heads". His father is a professor of electrical engineering whose father was a physics professor; his mother worked in a biochemistry laboratory, while her father was a biochemistry professor. Stephenson's family moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1960 and then to Ames, Iowa in 1966 where he graduated from Ames High School in 1977. Stephenson furthered his studies at Boston University. He first specialized in physics, then switched to geography after he found that it would allow him to spend more time on the university mainframe. He graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography and a minor in physics. Since 1984, Stephenson has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Seattle with his family.
Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic "The Baroque Cycle" (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac.
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- Next Wednesday: Neal Stephenson, Maged Zaher, a Literary ...
I've attended three Genius Showcases at the Frye so far, and they've all been fun, funny, and smart. And now, it's time for literature to...
- Amazon Signs Hugh Howey and Neal Stephenson for Kindle Worlds ...
Fan fiction has been going strong for a number of years and has spawned numerous writers that hit the big time, such as E.L. James and Cassandra Cla.
- The Patch Interview: Author Neal Stephenson - Entertainment - Oak ...
Patch checks in with the author of "Reamde," "Cryptonomicon" and "The Diamond Age" in advance of his visit to Oak Park.
- Thinking Big: Greetings from Neal Stephenson | Project Hieroglyph
Thinking Big: Greetings from Neal Stephenson. March 3, 2013 in Hieroglyph. My life span encompasses the era when the United States of America was capable of launching human beings into space. Some of my earliest memories are of ...
- Neal Stephenson & Hugh Howey Join Amazon Worlds Program ...
Fans of Neal Stephenson, Hugh Howey, Barry Eisler and Blake Crouch can sell fan fiction on Amazon based on selected books from these writers' work. In addition, comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment has also joined ...
- Neal Stephenson, David Brin, and Chris Anderson donate to the ...
Long Now would like to thank author Neal Stephenson (author of Anathem, The Baroque Cycle, and Snow Crash amongst others) for contributing to the Long Now Salon. Neal's generosity helped us surpass $185,000 in ...
- Dear Science Fiction Writers: Stop Being So Pessimistic! - Smithsonian
Neal Stephenson has seen the future?and he doesn't like it. Today's science fiction, he argues, is fixated on nihilism and apocalyptic scenarios?think recent films such as The Road and TV series like ?The Walking Dead.? Gone are the ...
- Did Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash predict the world of today? - io9
That's what a number of venture capitalists and futurists told the Wall Street Journal recently. They cite Stephenson's classic novel as a harbinger of many current staples, from World of Warcraft to Google's search capabilities.
- Neal Stephenson's Hieroglyph Project Launches - Blog of the Long ...
A collaboration between Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination and sci-fi author Neal Stephenson, Hieroglyph seeks to bring engineers and authors of science fiction together to develop and ...
- Neal Stephenson Interview Podcast on Slate | Project Hieroglyph
Our colleagues at Future Tense have launched a new podcast series on science fiction and their first guest is Neal Stephenson. Check out the interview to hear Tim Wu ask Neal about getting big stuff done, the abiding lure of ...
- Center for Science and the Imagination Array Video: Neal Stephenson ...
In February 2012, Google sponsored an event called Solve for X, bringing together experts from around the world to propose and discuss technological solutions to humanity's greatest challenges. Solve for X focuses on ...
- Amazon launches comic-book imprint with adaptations of George ...
Graphic novels based on bestselling works by George R. R. Martin, Neal Stephenson, and Hugh Howey will form the foundation of Jet City's line. In particular, the Martin-derived comics are being touted as flagships of the Jet ...
- The best interview with Neal Stephenson you've ever heard - io9
Over on Slate's Future Tense, the brilliant internet law professor Tim Wu has just launched a series of interviews with science fiction writers -- and he starts with Neal Stephenson. They talk about everything from Stephenson's ...
- Starship Century Symposium: Neal Stephenson | File 770
Neal Stephenson. The words ?THINKING BIG? covered the screen at the beginning of Neal Stephenson's segment, where he was joined on stage by four scientists and engineers. Lately Stephenson has been active in the ...
- Sense of Wonder: Ebook deal: Reamde by Neal Stephenson
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