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Snow Crash

Snow Crash

Author: Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash is a science fiction novel by American writer Neal Stephenson, published in 1992. Like many of Stephenson’s novels, it covers historylinguisticsanthropologyarchaeologyreligioncomputer sciencepoliticscryptographymemetics and philosophy.[citation needed]

In his 1999 essay “In the Beginning… Was the Command Line“, Stephenson explained the title of the novel as his term for a particular software failure mode on the early Macintosh computer. Stephenson wrote about the Macintosh 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'”. Stephenson has also mentioned that Julian Jaynes‘ book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind was one of the main influences on Snow Crash.” (Read the complete article at Wikipedia)

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