Thursday, November 20, 2008

Neal Stephenson And Writing

The Onion AV Club has an informational interview with Neal Stephenson, author of some of the heaviest — both literally and figuratively — science fiction novels in recent years. While none of it is earth-shaking, he talks more about the research and tasks of writing than the writing itself. It's refreshingly job-like, unlike the reliance of authors on announcing their unbridled creativity. I will say I don't particularly like Stephenson's work; I've read Zodiac and The Diamond Age, both of which start promising but end with whimpers. His description of his prepatory work may explain that. Neither of the two I've read are advertised as crowning achievements, so I may have to try on the copy of Snow Crash that's on my shelf and see if it is any better.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Scott Carpenter said...

I'm a huge fan of Stephenson's. Anathem is sitting unread on my shelf; I'm gloriously anticipating reading it on a vacation trip early next year.

I like just about all his stuff, but favorites are Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycle, although I ran aground for a while on the the first book of the Cycle (Quicksilver).

I started with Snow Crash and it was a blast. Thought Zodiac and Diamond Age were good, but they're at the bottom of my list.

A few more shallow comments here: http://www.movingtofreedom.org/2008/08/24/awaiting-anathem/

7:49 PM  
Blogger Azrael Brown said...

Thanks, Scott! The more I saw about his books, the more I think I should read Snow Crash and I'll be pleased. Good luck with Anathem, though — I hear it's a doozy.

10:43 PM  

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