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雪崩

Snow Crash (雪崩)

by Neal Stephenson

消亡的国家,多元的世界,热血,黑色幽默以及赛博朋克,《雪崩》为你呈现。

图书简介

One of Time magazine's 100 all-time best English-language novels.

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 cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age.

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in 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.

故事发生在21世纪初期的美国的洛杉矶,在这个未来中美国联邦政府将大部分权力给予了私人企业家和组织,国家安全交付给了雇佣军队,公路公司之间也相互竞争来吸引司机来上他们的路,政府剩余的权利只是做一些繁琐的工作而已,社会的繁荣安定与他们无关。政府的大部分的土地被各个大的私人瓜分,并建立了个人领地。这种安排类似与无政府资本主义,这是尼尔·斯蒂芬森下部小说《钻石时代》的主题。在严重的恶性通货膨胀下,美元急剧贬值,一兆美元也是一个会被忽略的数字,而人们交易中通常则使用的是其他的货币。 在小说中,斯蒂芬森创造了一个并非以往想象中的互联网——虚拟实境(Metaverse),而是和社会紧密联系的三维数字空间,与现实世界平行,在现实世界中地理位置彼此隔绝的人们可以通过各自的“化身”进行交流娱乐。

小说的主人公名为Hiro,他在他的名片上写着“最后的自由黑客和世界上最强的剑斗士”,在失去工作之后,他成为了一名为黑手党送比萨的快递员。在工作中他遇到了一名名叫Y·T的女孩,他们决定合伙进行情报工作。他们发现了一种名叫“雪崩”的药物,这种药物实际上是一种电脑病毒,这种病毒不仅能在网络上传播,还能在现实生活中扩散,造成系统崩溃和头脑失灵。这个病毒是五旬节教会通过其基础设施和信仰体系进行传播的。在Hiro和Y.T.的深入调查下,他们发现这种病毒与古代苏美尔文化有着莫大的联系。

作者简介

Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an award-winning American writer and game designer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, and "postcyberpunk". Other labels, such as "baroque", have been used.

Stephenson's work explores subjects such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired.

尼尔·斯蒂芬森(Neal Stephenson),美国科幻小说家,短篇故事作家,散文家,笔名为斯蒂芬·伯里(Stephen Bury)。他的作品以speculative fiction著称,这其中包括科幻小说,历史小说, 极繁主义(maximalism) ,赛博朋克和后电脑朋克。斯蒂芬森在各种领域都有涉猎,如数学,密码学,哲学,货币和科学史等。他还为各类杂志撰写了大量技术文献,同时在Blue Origin公司(由杰夫贝佐斯)做发展载人亚轨道发射系统的兼职顾问。

精彩书摘

See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places. Well, all information looks like noise until you break the code.

你们看,这世上比我们强大的人和事数不胜数。但是你如果过知道怎么搭顺风车,你就能到达你想去的地方。其实,所有扑面而来的信息看上去都像是无用的,但是一旦你破译了其中密码,你会发现它们非常有用。

Larry Page

推荐人:Larry Page (拉里·佩奇)

Lawrence "Larry" Page (born March 26, 1973) is an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who cofounded Google Inc. with Sergey Brin, and is the corporation's current CEO. Page is the inventor of PageRank, Google's most well-known search ranking algorithm. As of November 2014, Page leads a global organization that consists of 55,600 employees operating in more than 40 countries. Page is a board member of the X Prize Foundation (XPRIZE) and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004. Page received the Marconi Prize in 2004.

拉里·佩奇,全名劳伦斯·爱德华·佩奇(Lawrence Edward Page),美国密歇根大学安娜堡分校的荣誉毕业生,拥有密歇根大学理工科学士学位和斯坦福大学计算机科学博士学位。

佩奇是Google公司的创始人之一,2011年4月4日正式出任谷歌CEO 。 2013年,拉里·佩奇获选2013美国40岁以下最有影响力CEO,并以230亿美元资产荣登福布斯2013全球富豪榜第二十位 。2013年1月14日美国《财富》杂志刊登署名米古尔·赫尔夫特的文章评价佩奇有着疯狂的想法,并且带领团队在追逐疯狂梦想的同时,可以将谷歌管理的井井有条。