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For questions about "Snow Crash", Neal Stephenson's third novel, published in 1992. Like many of Stephenson's other novels it covers history, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, religion, computer science, politics, cryptography, memetics and philosophy. Starting in an anarcho-capitalist early-21st century Los Angeles, the book appeared on Time magazine's list of 100 all-time best English-language novels written since 1923.

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In the novel Snow Crash, why would anyone willingly take that drug?

Neal Stephenson’s classic novel Snow Crash features a drug/virus of the same name. We first hear of it when Raven asks Hiro if he would like to try some. Shortly afterwards, Da5id tries it, and ...
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Is there a connection between Metazania and the Metaverse?

In the novel 'Snow Crash', is there any connection between the franchise Metazania and the construct of the Metaverse, or are the names purely a coincidence?
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What is a “plank” in Snow Crash?

In Snow Crash, there is a line: First MetaCop leans her plank against the wall, ... What is a plank?
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Is Miss Matheson from Diamond Age, YT from Snow Crash?

In Diamond Age the character Miss Matheson alludes to her past in a reminiscence concerning the 'smart wheels' on her wheel chair. She likens them to those on skateboards and then talks about how she ...
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What happened to Y.T.'s mom? (spoilers)

The last time we see Y.T.'s mom in Snow Crash, its to pick her daughter up and take her home. The second to last time, she's being interrogated by the Fed (her employer), because they keep their ...
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In Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, what other biblical stories besides Babel does he symbolize or reference?

I understand the Babel reference but am blind to the others. I'm not too familiar with the Bible. Thanks guys
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Is there any guidance on how to pronounce “Da5id” from Snow Crash?

Has Neil Stephenson ever commented about how the character's name Da5id should be pronounced? Failing that how is the name pronounced in the audio version? I'm re-reading the book and my inner ...
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How does Hiro Protagonist afford his motorcycle?

From Chapter 3 of Snow Crash: But in the bleak light of full adulthood, which is to one's early twenties as Sunday morning is to Saturday night, he can clearly see what it really amounts to: He's ...
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How did YT end up in the van with religious people in Snow Crash? (spoilers)

When YT was skating away from a Fed Land building, someone launched a rocket at her and knocked her off her board. She went unconscious and woke up in a van with religious people headed to the raft. ...
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What was Raven's fate at the end of Snow Crash?

Uncle Enzo threatened him with a straight razor, but are we to infer something from that? Also,
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In Snow Crash, could “crashed” hackers be healed?

Spoilers: In Stephenson's excellent Snow Crash, Could this be used to heal him, or was he just screwed?
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Are the language elements in Snow Crash supported by science?

After reading Snow Crash, I have to wonder if any of the premise or main/supporting plot points are backed by any science, or even plausible based on our current understanding. For example: Little ...
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Was the Metaverse based on the World Wide Web?

Reading through Snow Crash today, it's hard not to think of the Metaverse and The Street as a futuristic version of the Internet which we have today. However, given that Snow Crash was published in ...
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Why was Raven peddling drugs on the street?

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 If he had that plan ...
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How did Hiro help YT out of jail?

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 ...
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When does the action of Snow Crash take place?

I remember there are some clues in the book, like the year of birth of Hiro's father and his age when Hiro was born. I don't remember if Hiro's exact age is specified. So, has someone calculated the ...
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What is the connection between Snow Crash and The Diamond Age?

I've heard that these two novels by Neal Stephenson take place in the same universe. What connections exist between the two novels and what is the time-line like?