Born on Halloween, 1959 in Fort Meade, Maryland--home of the National Security Agency--Neal Town Stephenson comes from a long line of what he calls "propeller heads." His father is a professor of electrical engineering whose father was a physics professor while his mother worked in a biochemistry lab and her father was a biochemistry professor. He has written for _Wired_ and is one of three authors ever to write a fiction piece for _Time_ magazine.
is one of six visiting fellows at Ernst & Young's Center for Business
Innovation in Cambridge, Massachusetts he has an almost prophetic vision
of the future and a cult following among high-tech thinkers. MIT
Media lab Professor Michael Hawley says, "what Arthur
C. Clarke was to a previous generation, Neal Stephenson is to ours.
Neal is the kind of genius who puts one jarring idea on every page." Growing
up in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and Ames, Iowa, Stephenson decided he
never wanted to work in an occupation that forced him to wear hard shoes.
In this vein, he began college as physics major at Boston University Stephenson
was lured to study geography because that department had better computers.
A capable programmer and acclaimed writer, he finds it hard to work unless
he's listening to music on headphones. Since
1984, he has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest and has made a living
out of writing novels and the occasional magazine article. Currently he
makes his home in the Seattle area with his family.
604 release _Groovology Of The Metaverse_ by Insectoid on Weird Music Society (1998)
INSECTIVOROUS ECTOMORPHISM OF THE MICRO MACRO TRANCE TWEAK AGE.
ETHNOBOTANICAL BEATS CYBORGANIC CICADIAN
RHYTHMS INTERGALACTIC GAIAN
GROOVES. A PROMETHEAN
QUEST TO LIBERATE MEANING FROM THE IMPRISONMENT
OF IGNORANCE. THE FUTURE IS THE PRESENT LIBERATED FROM THE PAST.
ONTOLOGICAL ORGANARCHY OF EARTH MIND CREATIONISTS. UNITED SPACE COLLECTIVES WHICH SPIRITUALISE COMMUNAL SHARED cONSCIOUSNESS. PSYCHONAVIGATIONAL NEWSICAL NUANCES OF AN AQUARIAN AGE EQUITEK.
PORTALS OF NUMINOUS NEWSIC TRANSMOGRIFIED THRU THE DREAM
STATE LOGIC OF CHIROS, TEMENOS, CHAKRIC
CYBERDELICA. TWEAKERS OF WHOLISTIC HALLUCINOGENIC
BEATFREAKERY USING THE RHYTHMYSTEC HIP-GNOSIS OF THE DIGITAL
OCCULT. EAR-RATIONAL ANTIPODEAN TEKNOSIS NEUROTRANSMITTING PYROTECHNICAL PSYCHISM
FOR RITUAL CATHARSIS. POT HEAD FLIPPING PIXIES IN TEA
POT TAXIS, SONIC SHANKARS, MYSTICAL MANIACS, TRIBEDELIC NOMADS, HALE BOPPERS, ASTRAL-ALIENS,
TRANSNEPTUNIAN ESCAPOLOGISTS, LUNAR CRITTER QUARK
FARKERS, ANARCHITEQNOFERALS AND TECHNOSAUREANS OF THE TOTEMIC, MELD
INTO THE ANIMA MUNDI OF THE UNIVERSAL MIND. AN EXOTIC AYURVEDIC ELIXIR
OF GROOVOLOGY CHANNELLED BY A SYNERGISTIC CONGREGATION OF CREATIVE, TRANSPERSONAL, ALCHEMISTS.
CATALYSING THE CAULDRON OF SEXAGESIMAL SILICON
SURF INTO HOMEOPATHIC HARMONICS
FOR THE T H C TRANS-ZEN-DANCE
HEATHEN CULT. META-MUTATING GLOBAL INFORMATIONAL
BEINGS MORPHING AN ANCIENT FUTURISM, REFLECTING THE EVOLUTION
OF DIGITAL, DOOFADELIC, DANCE
DHARMA. AYANAMSA SHUNYATA SATORI.
WHIRLY GIG SAMADHI PROPELLED THRU PORTALS OF TIME
AND SPACE, METABOLISING BODY-GROOVE-GESTALT.
A DIGIDELIC AQUARIANA WHERE THE YANTRIC FUSES
WITH AN EVOLVING ECOLOGY OF INTUITIVE CIRCUITRY CREATING AN AURAL ORACLE
ABSTRACTASIA OF SACRED SONIC GEOMETRY.
EXISTENTIAL, EXPERIENTIAL, ELECKTRICKERY AWAKENING THE KUNDALINI RAINBOW SERPENT. RECONNECTION WITH A LOST EDENIC UNITY. COSMIC ORGASMIC BLISS STATES OF THE EJACULATORY PANGALACTICSPERMIA. CLITORIAL CLAIRSENTIENCE OF THE HEINOUS GROOVE GLAND GROUP MIND. ASTRAL ASCENSION GLIDING ON GALACTIC GATED WAVELENGTHS. PARADISIACAL MYTHOS COSMOLOGIES. A RETURN TO PRIMORDIAL INSTINCTUALITY THRU EXALTED STATE FREQUENCY FRENZIES ON AEONIC SOMNIFIC FLUX.
THE MERCURIAL MAGIC OF TRIBEDELIC TRANCE TEKNO COMMUNION, HYPERSPATIALLY DISSOLVES BOUNDARIES, AS IT TAPS INTO THE INFINITE OBLIVION OF THE UNIVERSAL WEB,
WITH LOVE & ELECTRONS...
"The difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent. The difference between stupid and intelligent people--and this is true whether or not they are educated -- is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations--in fact, they expect them and are apt to be suspicious when things seem overly straightforward."
"'Which path do you intend to take, Nell?' said the Constable, sounding very interested. 'Conformity or rebellion?'
'Neither one. Both ways are simple-minded. They are only for people who cannot cope with contradiction and ambiguity.'"
-- Neal Stephenson, _The Diamond Age_ (1995)
- Neal Stephenson