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Neal Stephenson

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Neal Stephenson issueth from a Clan of yeomen, itinerant Parsons, ingenieurs, and Natural Philosophers that hath long dwelt in bucolick marches and rural Shires of his native Land, and trod the Corridors of her 'Varsities. At a young age, finding himself in a pretty Humour for the writing of Romances, and discourse of Natural Philosophy and Technologick Arts, he took up the Pen, and hath not since laid it down.-- taken from a Fantastic Fiction biography of the author.[1]

Born in Fort Meade, Maryland Stephenson came from a family comprised of 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 with a minor in Physics. His first novel, The Big U, was published in 1984. The Big U received very little attention when it first came out, and was subsequently out of print until Stephenson allowed it to be reprinted in 2001. Since 1984 Stephenson has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Seattle with his family.

Titles by Neal Stephenson

  • Cryptonomicon
  • Interface
  • Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 1)
  • Snow Crash
  • The Big U
  • The Cobweb
  • The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 2)
  • The Diamond Age
  • The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3)
  • Wiring The Planet
  • Zodiac
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