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Title: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: MAM on May 23, 2012, 04:25:32 PM
So who here has read Anathem by Stephenson?


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: David Giessel on May 23, 2012, 07:04:07 PM
I am reading it now actually :-)


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: MAM on May 23, 2012, 10:45:55 PM
I am reading it now actually :-)

Rock on!


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Euler on May 24, 2012, 11:50:20 AM
I've never heard of it, but it seems pretty cool. I'm a pretty big sci-fi junkie, but I've never heard of the author even.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: MAM on May 24, 2012, 01:45:04 PM
Stephenson got a Master's in Engineering he likes talking about the maths in his works.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Aegidius on May 25, 2012, 05:36:25 AM
Cryptonomicon's quite possibly my favorite book of all time.  Stephenson also has a couple of books - Snow Crash and Diamond age - that are set in a post-nation-state world.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: David Giessel on May 26, 2012, 07:32:41 PM
Snow Crash was amazing. 'S why I'm reading Anathem now.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Josh D on May 30, 2012, 02:12:09 PM
I remember the day I found Snow Crash in a used bookstore in Florida while I was on my honeymoon.  That night there was some tension in the nuptial chamber as I was accused of "wanting to hold that book more than you want to hold these sweet taters."

Needless to say we compromised with a compromise, and I was able to finish it a few days later.

I've read everything Stephenson has published, both alone and collaboratively.  Mongoliad isn't that bad by the way. 

Anathem is an amazing read, especially if you are familiar with the history of philosophy.  Stephenson develops the same concepts in an alternative universe with different philosophers.  For example Occam's Razor is Gardan's Steelyard, Plato's theory of Forms is described as the Hylaean Theoric World.  It's very interesting especially the way the governments are divorced from academics (kind of like it is on this planet, only it's done here by accident).

I highly recommend Anathem, unless you are a Chemistry major.  In which case, you need to read Zodiac first.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Seth King on May 30, 2012, 02:46:37 PM
I remember the day I found Snow Crash in a used bookstore in Florida while I was on my honeymoon.  That night there was some tension in the nuptial chamber as I was accused of "wanting to hold that book more than you want to hold these sweet taters."

Needless to say we compromised with a compromise, and I was able to finish it a few days later.


Hahaha. Care to share the compromise? j/k  ;)

Welcome to the forum, btw !


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Josh D on May 30, 2012, 05:34:15 PM
I remember the day I found Snow Crash in a used bookstore in Florida while I was on my honeymoon.  That night there was some tension in the nuptial chamber as I was accused of "wanting to hold that book more than you want to hold these sweet taters."

Needless to say we compromised with a compromise, and I was able to finish it a few days later.


Hahaha. Care to share the compromise? j/k  ;)

Welcome to the forum, btw !



It's the same compromise that Canadians use when they both want to watch hockey... 


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Script on June 01, 2012, 01:35:03 AM
I remember the day I found Snow Crash in a used bookstore in Florida while I was on my honeymoon.  That night there was some tension in the nuptial chamber as I was accused of "wanting to hold that book more than you want to hold these sweet taters."

LOL

Based on the recommendations here I'll plan on reading Anathem soon.  Should it be placed above or below "The Hunger Games" on the priority list? (strictly ordinal ranking, of course)


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Josh D on June 01, 2012, 07:05:34 AM
It should be placed after Hunger Games because I've read Anathem but not the Hunger Games.

That reminds me:  Have you heard about the evangelizing solipsist?  He went door to door trying to convince people they didn't exist.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: assasin7 on June 01, 2012, 07:27:35 PM
I remember the day I found Snow Crash in a used bookstore in Florida while I was on my honeymoon.  That night there was some tension in the nuptial chamber as I was accused of "wanting to hold that book more than you want to hold these sweet taters."

Needless to say we compromised with a compromise, and I was able to finish it a few days later.


Hahaha. Care to share the compromise? j/k  ;)

Welcome to the forum, btw !



It's the same compromise that Canadians use when they both want to watch hockey... 


Man its times like these I wished I had the attention span to watch porn. I have know Idea what your talking about


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Script on June 02, 2012, 01:54:02 PM
It should be placed after Hunger Games because I've read Anathem but not the Hunger Games.

That reminds me:  Have you heard about the evangelizing solipsist?  He went door to door trying to convince people they didn't exist.

I'm impressed with how creative my brain made you.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Coltan L. on June 02, 2012, 10:48:08 PM
I was given Cryptonomicon years ago by my court-historian roommate. He's the worst kind of state worshiper but nice in every other way, so the book went into a pile I have. A year or so later someone gave me Snow Crash, and it blew my mind. I really enjoyed the franchise nation deal. Later the same guy who gave me Snow Crash gave me Cryptonomicon. Only then did I realize I already owned it!

Just the other day while I was about halfway through Cryptonomicon,I followed up with my (now former) roommate and asked him about Stepenson.  Apparently he's his favorite author.  I don't get how someone can be so mega-pro state and say "Snow Crash is my favorite book".  But then again, a lot of people seem to like the Hunger Games while missing all the messages.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: MAM on June 03, 2012, 12:09:57 AM
I was given Cryptonomicon years ago by my court-historian roommate. He's the worst kind of state worshiper but nice in every other way, so the book went into a pile I have. A year or so later someone gave me Snow Crash, and it blew my mind. I really enjoyed the franchise nation deal. Later the same guy who gave me Snow Crash gave me Cryptonomicon. Only then did I realize I already owned it!

Just the other day while I was about halfway through Cryptonomicon,I followed up with my (now former) roommate and asked him about Stepenson.  Apparently he's his favorite author.  I don't get how someone can be so mega-pro state and say "Snow Crash is my favorite book".  But then again, a lot of people seem to like the Hunger Games while missing all the messages.

Never read Hunger Games should I? Big fan of Stephenson.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Coltan L. on June 03, 2012, 10:11:08 AM
Never read Hunger Games should I? Big fan of Stephenson.

Yes, my cost-benefit-analysis would say you get a lot of bang for your time unit/buck/whatever.  You can satisfactorily burn through each in hours (barely plural) and they're pretty satisfying.  Extra satisfying because millions and millions of kids are reading them and being exposed to some pretty overt anti-state sentiments.

Not a "must read" slog like Atlas Shrugged or whatever.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Seth King on June 03, 2012, 11:14:21 AM
Never read Hunger Games should I? Big fan of Stephenson.


Not a "must read" slog like Atlas Shrugged or whatever.

Haha  :D


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Josh D on June 03, 2012, 07:35:57 PM
I've never read Atlas Shrugged or any Rand for that matter.  I'm not sure I need to at this point.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Coltan L. on June 04, 2012, 04:37:57 AM
I've never read Atlas Shrugged or any Rand for that matter.  I'm not sure I need to at this point.

I'd give Fountainhead a try if you you find your self running out of good fiction.  I think its superior to Atlas Shrugged.  Though AS has one of my favorite characters of all time, Ragnar Danneskjold.


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: David Giessel on June 04, 2012, 05:09:55 AM
(http://www.inmalafide.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/03/1040092-ayn_rand_tldr_super.jpg)

Rather than tl;dr (which I totally enjoyed) I'd recommend The Brow of Zeus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIk5C2qsRH8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIk5C2qsRH8)


Title: Re: Anathem by Stephenson
Post by: Josh D on June 04, 2012, 03:08:06 PM
David,

Sherri got a copy of Atlas Shrugged at an econ conference once, and she tried to give it to me.  I turned her down. 

Normally when I tell that story, I start it by saying, "Do you want to hear about the time I turned Sherri down?"