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TABLE OF CONTENTS IINRODUTIONpage 2 IINEAL STEPHENSONS PERSONAL LIFE AND LITERARY CAREERpage 3 IIINEAL STEPHENSONS PHILOSOPHICAL BELIEFS ANeal Stephensons Literary Beliefspage 8 BNeal Stephensons Scientific Beliefpage 10 IVDOMINANT THEMES DEVELOPED IN NEAL STEPHENSONS The Diamond Age AFemale Protagonists page 11 BIneffective Governmentpage 12 C A Little Flight of Fancypage 15 DOmnipresent Societal Dilemmaspage 16 CONCLUSIONpage 18 VWORKS CITEDpage 19 INTRODUCTION Few writers are as eloquent comprehensible or knowledgeable in their writings as cyberpunk novelist Neal Stephenson Stephenson has an imagination seldom seen in this day and age The acclaim with which his novels are received worldwide is largely due to the unconventional yet prophetic messages and seemingly insignificant intricacies included in each of his books It is easy to see how his brilliance radiates from his novels compelling you to read on into the plot twists and thrilling climaxes that keep you on your toes People who enjoy high quality literature should definitely acquaint themselves with Neal Stephenson and his style of writing and attempt to discern what exactly makes Stephenson arguably one of the best authors in the history of the cyberpunk genre NEAL STEPHENSONS PERSONAL LIFE AND LITERARY CAREER Neal Stephenson was born in Ft Meade Maryland on October 31 1959 Stephenson comes from a long line of intelligentsia whom he lovingly regards as propeller heads Cryptonomicon screen 1 His father David Town was a professor of Electrical Engineering his mother Janet Stephenson maiden name Jewsbury was a lab technician and her father was a biologist Neal Stephenson screen 3 In 1985 Stephenson married Ellen Marie Lackermann homologous to Stephensons scientific lineage is a practicing physician Cryptonomicon screen 1 Stephenson attended Boston University intending to major in Physics That plan was changed once he realized that the geography department was using the coolest computers Neal Stephenson presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy World screen 1 After graduating
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