The Rise And Fall Of D.o.d.o.: A Novel by Neal StephensonThe Rise And Fall Of D.o.d.o.: A Novel by Neal Stephenson

The Rise And Fall Of D.o.d.o.: A Novel

byNeal Stephenson, Nicole Galland

Hardcover | June 13, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info

$31.90 online 
$43.50 list price save 26%
Earn 160 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores



Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist!

B&N Editor's Pick - Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 

From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must swear herself to secrecy in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O.—gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.

Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Seveneves, Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . .Was the Command Line. He lives in Seattle, Washington.Nicole Galland is the author ...
Title:The Rise And Fall Of D.o.d.o.: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:768 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.94 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062409166

ISBN - 13:9780062409164


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eventually I couldn't put it down This book is HUMONGOUS. It took me a little while to to get into it but once I did, I really enjoyed it and the reading went really quickly. Highly readable with lots of humourous quips and an interesting story.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from interesting ... but couldn't finish it - maybe one day!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sci Fi I really enjoyed this latest offering from Neal Stephenson (co-authored by Nicole Gallard, whom I have I never read). Despite having similarities to Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (a historian stuck in the past), this book is mostly about the history of D.O.D.O., a government agency that messes around with time travel in an attempt to bring back magic. The story mostly follows Melisande, a languages professor, and Tristan, the agent that recruits her. But the narrative is also told through office memos, e-mail chains, letters from the past and mission reports. Oh, and multi-page Norse poems about raids on Wal-Mart. Despite the Norse poems, I'd say this is Stephenson's most accessible novel. The science of time travel isn't a major focus of the novel, and magic is magic. There's almost a complete lack of his trademark info-dump. But it still feels like a Stephenson novel, which is great. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that the middle portion of the novel leaves the plot behind in favour of the details of building the gov't agency. Which I really enjoyed but it will probably annoy some readers.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I wanted to give this book 3 1/2 stars but you can't do that in Goodreads. But I could not go as far as 4 stars. It's not that it's a bad book. It's good. But it is LONG. And not just in page number... There are times where the excess information was just a tad too much. I love time travel stories. And this one has tons of good stuff : witches, vikings, science stuff, a bad guy or two, a love story that is not too overbearing, etc... This story also comes at you in all sorts of different ways like e-mail exchanges, diaries, texts, reports and even, at one point, a Viking song/poem.... But it's not for everybody. If you love time travel and you are patient, you love science information, you'll love this. If you are looking for a quick thriller, this is not it.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and Magical! I had never read this mix of genre before and quite enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not the best I usually enjoy Stephenson, even though he is sometimes too long-winded. I thought a co-author might help with that. Instead, it's the reverse. The writing here is interminable. How in the world do you make time travel and witchcraft BORING? Well, one way is to constantly interject seventh-grade-level "romantic" thinking into the characters. Another way is to have those characters meander around in long ellipses while NOTHING FREAKING HAPPENS. When I saw that I was 41% of the way through this thing, and my interest was still not caught, and I was reading it as if it were a chore, I gave up.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! A book about science trying to revive magic! Has all of the elements of a great sci-fi novel, a great fantasy novel and blends them seamlessly. Love the covert element to the story too!
Date published: 2017-08-13

Editorial Reviews

“An intoxicating and worthy read . . . the collaboration provides both Stephenson and Galland a freeing atmosphere where ideas are explored and abandoned, measured and scattered, inflated and sent sputtering into the sky – an exhilarating place for a reader.”