Seveneves: A Novel

Paperback | May 17, 2016

byNeal Stephenson

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SEVENEVES was included on President Obama's Summer 2016 reading list.

SEVENEVES was one of only five books recommended by Bill Gates as "must reads" for Summer 2016.

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SEVENEVES was included on President Obama's Summer 2016 reading list.SEVENEVES was one of only five books recommended by Bill Gates as "must reads" for Summer 2016.

Neal Stephenson, the science fiction author, was born on October 31, 1959 in Maryland. He graduated from Boston University in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography with a minor in physics. His first novel, The Big U, was published in 1984. It received little attention and stayed out of print until Stephenson allowed it to be reprinted in 2001....

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 2 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062334514

ISBN - 13:9780062334510

Customer Reviews of Seveneves: A Novel


Rated 5 out of 5 by from a glimpse at what's possible Thought provoking, cutting edge thinking, well plotted if slightly long winded at times. Can't wait to see the screen adaptation, hope Spielberg does it justice. Worth reading for anyone interested in an intelligent look at space population, saving humanity, and the possible science behind it. Read snow crash if you have doubts about how prophetic this author can be.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Space Delight The last Stephenson novel I read was Cryptonomicon, over ten years ago. Reading this one makes me want to go back and read the novels I've missed. His stories are so information dense, and yet he makes it all interesting and relevant. The characters and plot here are compelling. As new problems arose, I wondered how they'd be solved and who would do the solving. So much of the story takes place on the ISS ("Izzy"), so shortly after I finished and saw Scott Kelly talking on the NASA live stream from the station, I had an odd sense that only comes when reading (or watching) science fiction that's close to reality. I never thought about how big (relatively speaking) the module they normally film in is. The third part of the book gave lots of food for my imagination. There are so many pieces of technology with interesting bits of physics that it made me want to do a bunch of research. This book probably isn't for people who are averse to info dumps. Stephenson does them well, though, so if you're looking for that sort of example, you might want to try this out. Also, the physical version of this book is 880 pages, and the story itself is split into three fairly even sections. I'm not sure why they didn't publish it as a ~300 page per book trilogy. The first two parts are fairly similar, but given how different the third one is, a trilogy could make more sense.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seveneves Another engaging and epic read from Neal Stephenson, perhaps the leading master of modern hard Sci fi. The first two thirds is riveting; that last third drags a bit at first as the reader becomes introduced to and engaged with new characters, technology and environment but then picks up quickly and interestingly. It is clearly set up for a sequel and I will definitely look forward to finding out more about the world spawned herein.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spellbinding Thoroughly enjoyed the book. The ideas and concepts are well thought out and plausible as fiction. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Future Tense Typical Stephens0n. Long, well-researched, thought provoking, interesting characters, gripping and sadness whe it ends. I wanted it to be at least as long as The Baroque Trilogy! A carping criticism. Is 5,000 years long enough to evolve the way the seven races do, or the Pingers? Language might also shift rather more dramatically? Nonetheless A GOOD READ!!!
Date published: 2015-06-03

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“Stephenson’s storytelling style combines the conversational and the panoramic, allowing him to turn his piercing gaze on the familiar aspects of a strange future, encompassing the barely conceivable detail by detail.”