Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith
Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon was first published in 1999 to immense critical and popular acclaim. An ambitious, absorbing account of war, conspiracy, and code breaking, it represented a huge step forward for a gifted writer whose previous creations included the Hugo Award-winning The Diamond Age and the virtual reality classic, Snow Crash.
The events of Cryptonomicon take place along two parallel time tracks: the Second World War and the present day. The earlier segments feature, among others, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, a young math prodigy tasked with concealing the fact that Allied forces have successfully broken Germany’s infamous Enigma code. Protagonists of the latter section include Randy Waterhouse, Lawrence’s grandson, a computer hacker helping to construct an autonomous “data haven” in the Sultanate of Kirakuta. Together, these two narratives successfully illuminate two different worlds, one of which grew directly out of the struggles and achievements of the other.
Sometimes horrific, frequently hilarious, densely packed with information on a wide variety of subjects, from cryptanalysis to treasure hunting to the proper method of eating Cap’n Crunch, Cryptonomicon is a genuine modern epic. On one level, it is an astonishing, wholly original portrait of a world at war. On another, it is a provocative meditation on the ways that science and technology help shape—and alter—the course of human history. A work of great erudition and equally great imaginative power, it is—and will remain—one of the significant literary accomplishments of the modern era.
Limited: 500 numbered copies, fully bound in cloth, signed by author
Lettered: 26 copies, hand bound in leather and cloth, signed by author, housed in a custom traycase
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