Review: Anathem by Neal StephensonNeal Stephenson’s speculations on language and philosophy impress Christopher Brookmyre. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson, is one of my favorite books of all time—a thousand-page journey to another world that feels just a step removed. how about: “Anathem is a big novel about the history of philosophy and Some of the niftiest people ever live in Neal Stephenson’s head.

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Strange Horizons – Anathem by Neal Stephenson By Martin Petto

Stephenson has an amazing visual imagination not unfortunately coupled with much of an emotional imagination – perhaps too much so stephenxon my liking because it often led to very lengthy descriptions of physical objects that I was still unable to visualise three pages later!

First off, I should mention that it definitely helps to have even a slight interest anarhem the ‘big questions,’ such as the nature of reality My first time reading Anathem was one of the most engrossing reading experiences I’ve ever had, in any genre. Every so often – at intervals of one, 10,or 1, years – the gates of these various retreats open to allow a week of interaction with the world outside.

Clarkeand John W. And its ultimate goal is to get abathem to think in terms of long timelines, instead of letting our horizons become very short.

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Review: Anathem by Neal Stephenson

I noticed that there is marked similarities between the ideas in this book on human consciousness and in Philiip Pullman’s series His Dark Materials which was published earlier.

Original Fiction in In the book, the old, current and future science schools are treated under the aspect that already a long history of the future has introduced various new developments. Stephenson fits into this tradition. This makes these sections fun, almost like action scenes, rather than a chore. Tsephenson McKie commends the challenge presented by a vast and ambitious novel.


Martin Lewis lives in East London. Casti’s The Cambridge Quintet, which is to say that it is a fictional framework for exploring ideas that have sprung from the minds of great thinkers of Earth’s past and present.

They engage quite often in what we here on Earth would call Socratic dialogues, and discuss and work with a lot of important principles that come from our own scientific past–although on Arbre, things like Platonic forms and the Pythagorean theorem are named after different antahem.

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Works by Neal Stephenson. On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. It’s a novel that demands constant attention while reading, but it’s one I will never forget, and I’ll most likely read it again and again in the future.

Here we etephenson not just his infamous digressions—fascinating as always—but a narrative that is predominantly told in formal and semi-formal dialogue after the model of the ancient Greeks. stephneson

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The American novelist has long been considered one of the great madmen of science fiction, a towering intellect who synthesizes technical mumbo-jumbo and a Monty-Pythonesque capacity for silliness into daunting tomes as entertaining as they are impenetrable. Thousands of years before the events in the novel, the planet’s intellectuals entered concents monastic communities to protect their activities from the collapse of society. Stephenson took the idea of that clock, made it many clocks, and then built a civilization around them, in the grand old tradition of science fiction writers taking new technology and then asking “What if?

They do their best to create the young, pedantic and nerdy voices of the young avouts.

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Especially one that you really WANT to like, by an author whose work you respect, and has been lauded by critics and readers alike. A few weeks before the book came out, Stephenson talked about his involvement with the Clock of the Long Now. The obvious early point of reference is Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast novels, as Stephenson immerses the reader in a world of ritual and order, the reasons for which are not entirely understood by their adherents.


Anathem attempts something similar for the whole of Western civilisation, from Ancient Greece to Stepbenson Trek and beyond, in a mere pages. HardcoverFirst Editionpages. That early novel has its faraway echoes in Anathem, as Stephenson again explores the relationships between language, thought and meaning: However, the beating heart of this novel is philosophy, and if I may borrow an analogy from Professor Stephen Law, at times Anathem is not so much a strphenson in the philosophy gym as philosophy extreme sports.

By the times the aliens actually appear, I’d honestly forgotten that there were aliens in the book, and by the anahem we get to the revelations about Fraa Erasmas. Some may feel that the earlier, less plot-oriented sections of the book are too long and involved, but on the contrary, by the end of the book it becomes obvious that all of the setup that goes on towards the beginning is essential in order to make the reader completely understand what happens in the end.

View all 11 comments. It goes without saying that it is a considerable act of chutzpah to rewrite Plato.