Neal Stephenson, "ANATHEM Book Launch Event"

Neal Stephenson

Anathem book launch

With over 900 Long Now members and sci-fi appreciators in the audience, we celebrated the release of Neal Stephenson’s new book Anathem on Tuesday September 9, 02008 in San Francisco. With the book drawing heavily on Long Now’s ideas for a 10,000 Year Clock , and our explorations of long-term thinking; we were invited to create this most unusual book release event, which was a wonderful honor for us.

Some highlights of the evening were hearing Neal Stephenson read the opening pages of the book for us, seeing the performance of the elaborate math based chanting (by monks in robes!) created for the book in collaboration with composer David Stutz…

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