In Snow Crash, Hiro Protagonist is called on by YT to help her get out of jail when she was caught in a burbclave without a permit.

How did Hiro help her out if he was in the Black Sun with David watching him have his system crash after doing Snow Crash?

The book literally jumps from Hiro in the club to YT calling Hiro and him showing up to Hiro in the club again as if he was never gone....

Or I missed something...


The book isn't wholly chronological. When Hiro is in the Black Sun, he is jacked in from inside the U-Stor-It he shares with Vitally. He doesn't meet Vitally until after YT tips him off about his band, which happens at the very end of the sequence where he's helping her out of the Clink, after the bit about the Rat Things.

From my reads of the book, I always felt like the beginning "Deliverator" bit was added after the book was largely complete, to give a more exciting intro.

  • Ok, so when Hiro goes into the Metaverse to meet David, that was a couple weeks AFTER the incident with her in the jail? Feel free to explain it better to me in the chat, because I'm really confused with this part of the novel, lol. – OghmaOsiris Sep 28 '11 at 18:35
  • @oghma: Correct. I'll dig up some citations when I get home tonight. There are a couple of places where the timeline is pegged quite exactly. Hiro talks about how long he's been unemployed during the bit immediately prior to the first Black Sun scene, and what's-his-name, the gargoyle references the time Hiro's spent working on the Meltdowns. – Satanicpuppy Sep 28 '11 at 20:22
  • Ok, cool. If you have the time, you can probably explain a few chapters for me. I'll be in the chatroom all night so just @ me in there and I'll respond pretty quickly. – OghmaOsiris Sep 28 '11 at 20:37

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