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.

The Murder Hornets Nature Doc Disguised as a True-Crime Show

The Murder Hornets Nature Doc Disguised as a True-Crime Show

Attack of the Murder Hornets follows McFall as he joins a loose alliance of beekeepers and scientists in the Pacific Northwest who hunt for the nests of these invasive insects, racing to remove them from the local ecosystem before they wreak havoc.

The English Rose, in All Its Frankensteined Glory

The English Rose, in All Its Frankensteined Glory

So in 2017, Stephenson began shooting his new photo book The English Rose . At first, he thought he'd plant one of each of David Austin's roses in his garden, then photograph them the next summer when they bloomed.

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.