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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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Snow Crash is a science fiction novel written by Neal Stephenson and published in 1992. It is his third novel. It follows in the footsteps of cyberpunk novels by authors like William Gibson and Rudy Rucker, but breaks away from this tradition by having a heavy dose of satire and black humor.

Like many postmodernist novels, Snow Crash has a unique style and a chaotic structure that many readers find difficult to follow. It contains many arcane references to history, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, religion, computer science, politics, geography and philosophy, which may inspire readers to explore these topics further, or at least consult relevant reference works. Set in a world with a political-economic system that has been radically transformed, the novel examines religion along with its social importance, perception of reality versus virtual reality, and the violent and physical nature of humanity.

Stephenson explains the title of the novel in his 1999 essay In the Beginning...was the Command Line as the term for a particular software failure mode on the early Apple Macintosh computer. About the Macintosh, Stephenson wrote that "when the computer crashed and wrote gibberish into the bitmap, the result was something that looked vaguely like static on a broken television set a 'snow crash.'"
     
Bantam Books 1st Trade Paperback edition, Date published 1992, ISBN 0-553-35192-3, 440 pages
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Bantam Books Unc. Proof Wraps edition, Date published 1992, 440 pages
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BOMC/BCE 1st Thus Hardcover edition, Date published 1992, 470 pages
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  As New Book in As New Dust Jacket. Although typically not collectible, Book Club Editions of Snow Crash have become valued because of the very small number (600, mostly sold to libraries) of true hardcover first editions released. True first edition hardcover editions command prices of $1200 and up in equivalent condition.   As New $ 50.00 Add to cart
     
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