Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson

Termination Shock

Neal Stephenson is the author of the novels Seveneves, Reamde, The Baroque Cycle, The Diamond Age, and Snow Crash, amongst others. Stephenson also writes in-depth articles on technology and culture including the essay In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line. A long-time friend of The Long Now Foundation, Stephenson contributed early ideas for the 10,000 Year Clock which grew into elements of his 02008 novel, Anathem. His newest book, Termination Shock, will be published on November 16, 02021.

Live Stream at 7:00pm PT on 11/17/21
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Join us for an evening with Neal Stephenson reading from his newest book Termination Shock (pub. 11/16/21) and discussing the long-term vision, dire risks and potential solutions around climate change with Long Now's Executive Director Alexander Rose. Tickets for the event in San Francisco will be released to members of Long Now first, and are bundled with a signed copy of the new book, which you can also have inscribed!

Neal Stephenson’s sweeping, prescient new novel transports readers to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics.

One man, a visionary billionaire restaurant chain magnate, has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied?

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, the novel brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Epic in scope while heartbreakingly human in perspective, Termination Shock sounds a clarion alarm, considers dire risks, and ponders potential solutions.

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