In Snow Crash, the behemoth of a man, Raven was seen trying to sell the Snow Crash "drug" to Hiro just outside the Black Sun Club in the metaverse.

Why would he be doing this if

he had plans of detonating a bomb in the middle of a concert for hackers and thereby infecting every hacker watching with the Snow Crash drug/virus?

If he had that plan all along, what would the point be of giving it away one at a time?

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    Boredom? Wanted a test bed for it? Something to do to pass the time? – Jeff Oct 28 '11 at 15:07

Raven wasn't randomly peddling drugs on the street. He was specifically targeting high profile hackers. It seems safe to assume that he was distributing it to people who would be both high profile, and extremely vulnerable to it, as a way to test it prior to the planned major release.

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    Reminds me of Neo and his customer... – DVK-on-Ahch-To Mar 10 '12 at 2:10

He was a smart, careful man. I am guessing he knew that if he could take out the top level hackers the plan had a much better chance of success.

You have to admit, if he had managed to infect Hiro his plan probably would have worked!

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