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I'm an old guy and maybe my memory isn't so good but I could swear I read a version of The Diamond Age more than thirty years ago. It ended abruptly, completely like a cliffhanger that called for a sequel. I remember Mr. Stephenson promising a sequel. The sequel never came. I just reread the book. Maybe halfway through, about the time Hackworth encounters the drummers, it doesn't seem familiar. Also I don't remember a Miranda or a Carl Hollywood from my first encounter.

So my basic question is. Am I crazy? Or did this book appear in a shorter version and then some years later in the fleshed out version that is now for sale.

TLDR: I want to know if there was a version of Neal Stephenson's novel The Diamond Age that was published prior to 1995 and was considerably shorter than the present 1995 version for sale on Amazon

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  • Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.
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    Commented Mar 20 at 15:11
  • I want to know if there was a version of Neal Stephenson's novel 'The Diamond Age' that was published prior to 1995 and was considerably shorter than the present 1995 version for sale on Amazon
    – glenn virt
    Commented Mar 20 at 15:15
  • I wonder if The Diamond Age or a story that became The Diamond Age was initially serialized, or published as a short story or novella?
    – Lexible
    Commented Mar 20 at 16:41
  • That's certainly a typical Stephenson ending to encounter, but every edition of TDA I've read has the usual one.
    – Shawn
    Commented Mar 20 at 17:48
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    There's a short story called "from the Diamond Age" published in Hive of Dreams: Contemporary Science Fiction from the Pacific Northwest which could be an excerpt from Diamond Age. According to the ISFDB, it was never serialized. Commented Mar 20 at 19:17

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I have the hard cover first edition (1995). There is no indication on the copyright page that any part of the text had been published previously.

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