RE: Snowcrash (SPOILER) - just read it and don't read this post if you haven't yet

From: Lawrence DeBivort (
Date: Wed 01 Oct 2003 - 19:02:20 GMT

  • Next message: "Re: Snowcrash (SPOILER) - just read it and don't read this post if you haven't yet"

    Agreed. SNOWCRASH is a penetrating examination of, among other things, memes. I don't recall if Stephenson mentions the word explicitly, but the notions permeate the book and I have to conclude it is likely that he is highly aware of memetics and of the relationship between cognition and language.

    He has a dazzling pay-off for the book title towards its end, but I won't say more to avoid spoiling anyone's reading.

    His next book, Cryptonomicon, seems to ignore the theme. I just picked up his most recent book, Quicksilver -- a big fat heavy tome billed as the first of a trilogy, but haven't started it. Has anyone read it yet?

    Cheers, Lawry

    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: []On Behalf
    > Of Richard Brodie
    > Sent: Wed, October 01, 2003 1:21 PM
    > To:
    > Subject: Snowcrash (SPOILER) - just read it and don't read this post if
    > you haven't yet
    > Ray wrote:
    > > Good list. 'Snow Crash' by Neal Stephenson? It's a good SF
    > > book but I don't recall anything more memetic about it than a
    > > dozen other cyberpunk novels.
    > It's quite cutting-edge regarding memes. It's set in a world
    > where cultural
    > viruses have taken over in a very amusing way, one of the biggest
    > winners in
    > cultural selection being the franchise pizza store, its memetic "DNA"
    > contained in the ever-present three-ring binder constantly being consulted
    > by employees. It also introduces the concept of the "namshub," a powerful
    > mind virus. One of the main subplots is that a group of people is
    > trying to
    > design the perfect mind virus to take over the world.
    > I have quite a few other recommendations. Press the "Books" button at the
    > top of
    > Richard Brodie

    =============================================================== This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing) see:

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Wed 01 Oct 2003 - 19:05:07 GMT