Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Seveneves is a satisfying new novel from Neal Stephenson
I just finished reading the new Neal Stephenson novel, Seveneves. I am perhaps not the most reliable guide to helping you figure out which Stephenson novels to read -- I love them all, plain and simple — but I did think Seveneves was a particularly good one. It has a bit of an unusual structure — the first two-thirds are set in the near future, and last 1/3 is set 5,000 years from now — but I thought it had a more satisfying ending than some of his books. It also reminded me more of Arthur C. Clarke than Stephenson's other books.
You can read the L.A. Review of Books review of the book by Gerry Canavan (interesting review, but his description of Stephenson's attitude toward people seems wrong to me — I don't think Stephenson is "anti-utopian" at all.) You can also listen to an interview with Stephenson. You can also read this nice account of one of his personal appearances. I badly wanted to interview Stephenson during his recent book tour, but not only did I fail to make contact with Stephenson, I apparently failed to make a good case to his PR flack, Kelly Rudolph.