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Possible anomaly in Cryptonomicon

I admit that I don't have the math to calculate the odds precisely, but we should start out by observing that the letter "O" is not particularly interesting here. What we're concerned with is the ...
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What happened to the Bong character in "Cryptonomicon"?

He was killed by robbers on the road while returning home. In 1945, Root meets Goto Dengo and lets Goto know that he (Root) knows about Golgotha: They stroll silently for a while. Root's feet ...
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What becomes of the gold in Cryptonomicon?

By all indications, it stays there, and continues to be used as backing for Epiphyte's currency. It is still present on the land, theoretically they could still chip ingots out of it, the melting has ...
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In Neal Stephenson’s "Fall; Or, Dodge In Hell", which Meatspace characters are identified with which Bitspace characters?

John Cantrell, Tom Howard and Pekka "The Finn who Got Blown Up" are wearing cryonic instruction bracelets in Crytonomicon, so if they died early they're probably among the Eleven and if they survived ...
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What's the deal with Andrew Loeb?

Andrew Loeb seems to be suffering from a version of paranoia in which the sufferer actively seeks out persecution. This is often seen in serial litigants, as the legal system makes an excellent ...
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What's the deal with Andrew Loeb?

I thought it wasn't just that Loeb was a luddite but that his primary motivation always involved proprietary claims -- ownership. Of knowledge, of technology, etc. When he wasn't suing for ownership ...
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In Neal Stephenson’s "Fall; Or, Dodge In Hell", which Meatspace characters are identified with which Bitspace characters?

I'd say Freewander's personality and form suit Amy Shaftoe, but I haven't found anything that hints more closely than just their similarities. Same goes for Thingor being Randy Waterhouse, ...
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In Neal Stephenson’s "Fall; Or, Dodge In Hell", which Meatspace characters are identified with which Bitspace characters?

Ward could be Doug Shaftoe, based on Ward's job and Shaftoe's background. Also, he's just a little older than Dodge (born around 1942, while Dodge is early postwar) so he'd probably be in the prime ...
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