The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

By March 12, 2013Books

Just finished reading Neal Stephenson’s A Diamond Age.

It’s a great book, with a compelling vision of the future. Specifically Matter Compilers, Wet data streams, organization of people by culture and believes (beyond geography and religion) and of course class warfare.


The future is small. The future is nano . . .And who could be smaller or more insignificant than poor Little Nell – an orphan girl alone and adrift in a world of Confucian Law, Neo-Victorian values and warring nano-technology?Well, not quite alone. Because Nell has a friend, of sorts. A guide, a teacher, an armed and unarmed combat instructor, a book and a computer: the Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer is all these and much much more. It is illicit, magical, dangerous.And it isn’t Nell’s. It was stolen. And now some very powerful people want to get their hands on this highly desirable object. Nell is about to discover that the world can feel very small indeed . . .