The Diamond Age

Vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, The Diamond Age is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our time Decades into our future, a stone’s throw from the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant ...

Author: Neal Stephenson

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 0553898205

Category: Fiction

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Vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, The Diamond Age is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our time Decades into our future, a stone’s throw from the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful neo-Victorians. He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called A Young Ladys Illustrated Primer Commissioned by an eccentric duke for his grandchild, stolen for Hackworth's own daughter, the Primer’s purpose is to educate and raise a girl capable of thinking for herself. It performs its function superbly. Unfortunately for Hackworth, his smuggled copy has fallen into the wrong hands. Young Nell and her brother Harv are thetes—members of the poor, tribeless class. Neglected by their mother, Harv looks after Nell. When he and his gang waylay a certain neo-Victorian—John Percival Hackworth—in the seamy streets of their neighborhood, Harv brings Nell something special: the Primer. Following the discovery of his crime, Hackworth begins an odyssey of his own. Expelled from the neo-Victorian paradise, squeezed by agents of Protocol Enforcement on one side and a Mandarin underworld crime lord on the other, he searches for an elusive figure known as the Alchemist. His quest and Nell’s will ultimately lead them to another seeker whose fate is bound up with the Primer—a woman who holds the key to a vast, subversive information network that is destined to decode and reprogram the future of humanity.

The Diamond Age

Author: Neal Stephenson

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 9780553573312

Category: Fiction

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A major writer in the "cyberpunk" genre, the author of Snow Crash imagines a future ruled by a rebirth of Victorian thinking, inhabited by a brilliant technologist who dares to rebel against it. Reprint.

Cyberpunk Novels

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 42. Chapters: Neuromancer, The Diamond Age, The Shockwave Rider, Snow Crash, Labyrinth of Reflections, False Mirrors, Islands in the Net, Count Zero, All Tomorrow's Parties, He, She and It, Ware Tetralogy, Babylon Babies, When Gravity Fails, Virtual Light, Idoru, Dr. Adder, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Wetware, Manna, Software, Transparent Stained-Glass Windows, The Exile Kiss, Signal to Noise, A Fire in the Sun, Tea from an Empty Cup, Dreaming Metal, Breakpoint, Ambient, Polymorph, Mindplayers, Night Sky Mine, Eclipse Trilogy, Voice of the Whirlwind, Trouble and Her Friends, A Signal Shattered, The Enclaves. Excerpt: The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is a postcyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson. It is a bildungsroman focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. Some main motifs include: education, social class, ethnicity, and the nature of artificial intelligence. The Diamond Age was first published in 1995 by Bantam Books, as a Bantam Spectra hardcover edition. In 1996, it won both the Hugo and Locus Awards, and was shortlisted for the Nebula and other awards, placing it among the most-honored works of science fiction in recent history. A six-hour mini series adapted from the novel is being developed for the Syfy Channel. The protagonist in the story is Nell, a thete (or person without a tribe; equivalent to the lowest working class) living in the Leased Territories, a lowland slum belt on the artificial, diamondoid island of New Chusan, located offshore from the mouth of the Yangtze River, northwest of Shanghai. At age 4, Nell receives a stolen copy of an interactive book, Young Lady's Illustrated Primer: a Propaedeutic Enchiridion in which is told the tale of Princess Nell and her various friends, kin, associates, .

Postcyberpunk

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 39. Chapters: Postcyberpunk novels, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, The Fifth Element, Demolition Man, List of cyberpunk works, Beggars Ride, Cyberpunk derivatives, Feed, Beggars in Spain, Glasshouse, Beggars and Choosers, Accelerando, Otherland, Transmetropolitan, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Rainbows End, River of Gods, Transhuman Space, Altered Carbon, Singularity Sky, Broken Angels, Iron Sunrise, Nanopunk, Nylon Angel, Transhumanism in fiction, Kling Klang Klatch. Excerpt: The following is a list of works commonly ascribed to the cyberpunk genre of science fiction. While some of these works-such as Neuromancer and Blade Runner-have become accepted as archetypal examples of cyberpunk, the classification of others can be debated. Furthermore, works published after 1993 are increasingly likely to be labeled "postcyberpunk," a term first applied to Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash. Consequently, all categorizations are likely to be incomplete, contested or provisional. Several observers, including the SF writer David Brin, have commented that cyberpunk was not as original as the genre's boosters once claimed. Such works as Fritz Lang's movie Metropolis (1927) contain elements that a 21st-century viewer might call "cyberpunk," even though they predate the cyberpunk canon by many years. These works could be labeled cyberpunk's "precursors," but a causal connection is not always clear. James Tiptree, Jr., The Girl Who Was Plugged In, 1974John Brunner, The Shockwave Rider, 1975Robert Asprin, The Cold Cash War, 1977Vernor Vinge, True Names, 1981K. W. Jeter, Dr. Adder, 1984 The Sprawl trilogy by William Gibson Schismatrix (1985) by Bruce SterlingEclipse Trilogy (aka A Song Called Youth Trilogy) (1985-90) by John ShirleyPsion (1985) by Joan D. Vinge (The Cat Novels)Hardwired (1986) by Walter Jon Williams The Mar d Audran series by George...

How Long Does It Take to Make a Diamond

AGE. AND. SHAPE. As a diamond grows and gets larger, it can sometimes grow
around another mineral grain. The mineral gets trapped inside the diamond. It is
called an inclusion. Some minerals contain elements that decay slowly over time
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This book uncovers just how long it takes for a diamond to form. Learn fascinating facts about this process. Read this book to find out more about the science behind the cycle.

Interface

In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election.

Author: Neal Stephenson

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 0553901613

Category: Fiction

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From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage—an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip implanted in his head hardwires him to a computerized polling system. The mood of the electorate is channeled directly into his brain. Forget issues. Forget policy. Cozzano is more than the perfect candidate. He's a special effect. “Complex, entertaining, frequently funny."—Publishers Weekly “Qualifies as the sleeper of the year, the rare kind of science-fiction thriller that evokes genuine laughter while simultaneously keeping the level of suspense cranked to the max."— San Diego Union-Tribune “A Manchurian Candidate for the computer age.” —Seattle Weekly

The diamond wedding and other poems

Yet on a closer scan we find one name Suffices for them both ; some simple
name Of man or woman passed from youth to age . Then looking at the painter ' s
work , we see Th ' abyss of busy years stretched out between The different
seasons ...

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Journal of the Royal Society of Arts

It will easily be conceded that the diamond , A more reliable supply of gems had
created if known at all in Pliny's time ... of ascribed to that age . finished gems ,
manufactured , if you approve In support of my view , the ancient Greeks of that ...

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Scientific American

It matters not as to size — one inch to two feet is within the grasp of the modern
explorer. Truly we are passing into the diamond age. Rapid Settlement of the
Great The Financial Chronicle has an important article on '* Government Land
Sales ...

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Aquarian Invocation

Master Del Pe opens doors to an unprecedented view of 300 million years of history and discloses the fate of Humanity, the Earth, the Kingdoms and even Spiritual Beings.

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Master Del Pe opens doors to an unprecedented view of 300 million years of history and discloses the fate of Humanity, the Earth, the Kingdoms and even Spiritual Beings.

The Dental Practitioner

The age of iron so long boasted of has given place to the age of steel , and soon
the diamond age will overshadow all previous ones . We blow up in a fraction of
a second an obstruction that for centuries has impeded navigation . In a few short
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Annual Report

The former view is held by several able writers on the subject , and the late Mr .
Norman Taylor * considers that at Cudgegong , N . S . Wales , where there are
drifts of two ages , the diamonds were formed in the older and distributed into the
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1875- include also the Annual report of the Government Geologist.

Selections from the Religious and Literary Writings of John H Bocock D D

Then will the song of liberty first utter the perfection of its melody. Then will the
diamond age be developed and appear. EN AVANT' Let us hasten onward. Such
is the goal to the joyous race which we run.” This little story made a deep ...

Author: John Holmes Bocock

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The Living Age

I said I was not to be disturbed , ” he About a century ago the chemical comsaid ,
and fell back , never to return to position of the diamond was first
careconsciousness more . fully determined , and a fresh light was then cast upon
the gem .

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The Crystal Button

We employ it wherever practicable , as it insures cleanliness as well as
permanence , and is always beautiful . As I have already told you , this is often
spoken of as the Diamond Age , and glass is its representative that we use in
architecture .

Author: Chauncey Thomas

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The Human Brotherhood and a Psalm of Faith

Shut in your trade and hibernate — the swarms Of Europe , driven before the
whip of their Necessities , will come and share ... The ideal of political Economy is
there , and a freed world Shall wear that chaplet in the diamond age To be ;
which ...

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The Iron Age

Improved Diamond Prospecting respectively . The diamonds of the first- , double
cylinder reversible engine , mounted Drills . mentioned row cut the path of the
drill in either on bed - plate or an upright or horiits forward progress , while those
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All the Year Round

years of the present century , describes the After the Civil War broke out , he
became dwarfs frequently to be met with at ... third year of bis age . dwarfs as "
ugly as devils , and bedaubed Another interesting diminutive appendwith
diamonds .

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The Age of Steel

A Wonderful Ruling Machine . " As the diamond carriage moves exactly on the
STILWELL'S PATENT same line backward and forward every time the LIME
EXTRACTING " New York World " : " The most remarkable ma- metal plate or
grating ...

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The Living Age

It is the good fortune of Mr. Jacques Futrelle that the newly discovered African
diamond mines should have familiarized ordinary readers with the thought of the
results of any accident which might flood the diamond market with choice stones,
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