Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Hardcover, 880 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by William Morrow

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

What would happen if the world were ending?

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.

A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.


Neal Stephenson is an bit of an anomaly on my shelves. He's an author who challenges me with every word, offering up stories that are as much about ideas as they are about plots or people. His books are slow reads where I often find myself struggling to grasp his big ideas, but it's incredibly satisfying to see it all come together in the end.

11 comments:

  1. OOh nice! That sounds exciting! Hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Sounds like something that would nerve wrecking to translate :)

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    1. Oh, no doubt, Dez. His novels are fascinating, but complex. A lot of science and even more math mixed into the tale.

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    2. sf is always both the easiest and the hardest to translate in my experience. Easy because most of the sf writers have an extremely simple style and short sentences for some reason, but difficult when you have to translate their abstract terms, ideas or imaginary objects and futuristic things which you don't even know what they are or how they look like :)

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  3. This sounds good. I have also eyed Anathan and Reamde, but think I have put them off due to the length. One of these days ...

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  4. My husband's a fan of Neal Stevenson so I'll grab this for him. Despite it being his classic, my experience with Snow Crash didn't leave me wanting to read more of his books even though I've contemplated Reamde and bought the audiobook, but the length is intimidating. And Seveneves looks to be another huge tome too!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  5. This sounds fantastic! I usually a YA reader, but you have given me so many non-YA books to add to my shelves. Thank you.

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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  6. Stephenson's books don't really work for me, so judging by the huge page count of this, I probably won't take the time to try it out. Although I have heard it's pretty darn good:-)

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  7. Love an epic sci-fi novel. Sounds like a great read.
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  8. Sounds interesting! I hope you enjoy the book! Check out my WoW!

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