Neal Stephenson's Reamde is a high-tech incarnation of the Great American Novel

Neal Stephenson's new novel Reamde seems like it could never work: it's an epic-length thriller packed with infodumps about obscure ideas and 200-page gun fights. But the book is fantastic. Stephenson stages a crazy narrative collision between Chinese virus-writing gamers, a millionaire videogame entrepreneur,… »10/13/11 12:00pm10/13/11 12:00pm

Neal Stephenson Gets Half A Million Dollars, But Did He Have To Switch Genres To Get It?

Neal Stephenson confirmed his status as one of science fiction's leading authors, in the wake of the acclaimed Anathem, by selling his next book in what Publisher's Marketplace calls a "major deal." (In other words, it was worth at least $500,000.) But the book, called REAMDE, is classified as "thriller" rather than… »7/14/09 5:45pm7/14/09 5:45pm