RE:WIRED 2021: Neal Stephenson on Building and Fixing Worlds

RE:WIRED 2021: Neal Stephenson on Building and Fixing Worlds

“The idea that we could have a pandemic that by this point has killed going on twice as many Americans as died in World War II, and in a much shorter span of time, and yet there's still a sizable number of people in this country who don't even think it's real,” Stephenson told senior correspondent Adam Rogers today at RE:WIRED.

In 'Termination Shock,' Neal Stephenson Finally Takes on Global Warming

In 'Termination Shock,' Neal Stephenson Finally Takes on Global Warming

Disaster number one: You can practically smell the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 massing microscopically.Then there's disaster number two.Just like real life, because what can anyone do, really.Arguably no sci-fi writer has the specific combination of vision, reach, and ardent fandom that Stephenson does.

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

But for the former NSA contractor and many of his generation, that idea of the internet is a foundational myth, enshrined in Neal Stephenson novels and in “The Hacker Manifesto”—both of which Snowden describes reading as a teenager in a mononucleosis haze—and John Perry Barlow’s “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace ,” which he writes that he holds in his memory next to the preamble to the Constitution.

Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

That road, in usual Stephenson fashion, includes a wealth of concepts that help flesh out the near future of Fall —the one outside of Bitworld, at least.