Review of 'Snow Crash'

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

A great cyberpunk tale by one of the greatest of the contemporary SF writers. Snow Crash is the name of a virus that infects humans using the “Metaverse”. It appears as the “snow” on a televsion set and then reprograms the human brain. This novel follows the story of “Hiro Protagonist” (he is both) who befriends a Kourier, “Y.T.” in a twisted view of post-modern California where the country has been fragmented into privately owned franchise protectorates (!). The action never really stops with Hiro beginning as a pizza deliveryman (where they take the half hour delivery period VERY seriously) and then being drawn into attempting to chase down who or what is the source of “Snow Crash”. There are some interesting digressions into the origin of speech and modern thought which I also found quite intriguing and more than a bit disturbing. A terrific, fast paced adventure through the mind of a cyberpunk author.

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Genre: Science Fiction


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