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May 12, 2008

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Have you ever read Neal Stephenson's "Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illusrated Primer"? It's set in a very futuristic, nano-technology world where people have segregated into self-selected "enclaves", the most productive of which is "The Vickies", or new Victorians, who affect the dress and mores of the Victorian era while utilizing the new technology. It's a very inventive and entertaining book though it does (imho) break down in the latter half.

Night Writer: No, never heard of the book or the author. (Fiction, and especially speculative fiction, is not my strong suit.) My inclusion of "steampunk" as word of the week was not intended to indicate endorsement or even interest in the trend--I just like the word.

Understood. I hadn't heard of "steampunk" before, but I like the word and when you explained it I couldn't help but remember the story, though it's been years since I read it. It's not my usual genre, but I stumbled across the book and was sucked in. Stephenson's quirky (the main character in his book "Snowcrash" is named "Hiro Protagonist") - obsessively so at times - but both books were entertaining and thought-provoking, though they left me feeling kind of uneasy.

Night Writer: OK, you piqued my curiosity. Turns out Stephenson is a featured writer at www.steampunk.com, "the speculative fiction clearinghouse"!

Hey -- I'm the creator of the Dihemispheric Chronaether Agitator. Thanks for blogging about me.

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