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A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Anathem is perhaps the most brilliant literary invention to date from the incomparable Neal Stephenson, who rocked the world with Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle. Now he imagines an alternate universe where scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians live in seclusion behind ancient monastery walls until they are called back into the world to deal with a crisis of astronomical proportions.
Anathem won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the reviews for have been dazzling: “Brilliant” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel), “Daring” (Boston Globe), “Immensely entertaining” (New York Times Book Review), “A tour de force” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), while Time magazine proclaims, “The great novel of ideas…has morphed into science fiction, and Neal Stephenson is its foremost practitioner.”
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Deep and satisfying
Thoroughly and inventively built up out of innumerable interlocking details, a convincing world that, once you are immersed in the book, becomes as real as waking life. This book was kind of a Magister Ludi for the 21st century, and dealt with concepts that tickled the most modern scientific sensibility and informed my world view. Reading it was an immersive experience that has stayed with me for months afterward. Highest possible recommendation.
Flatterland for the Many Worlds Interpretation
This book espouses and explains, through a narrative following an interesting and compelling fictional character and world, many of the concepts behind the recently-popular Many Worlds Interpretation (or a variant thereof).
In my opinion, it’s as necessary a read for *anybody*, as Flatland and Flatterland.
Intellectual, imaginative, and entertaining.
It's hard to tell where the science ends, and the fiction begins. Believable characters, interesting story, educational, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Best book I've read in years. I highly recommend it, if you like to use your brain.