Michael B. Duff

Lubbock's answer to a question no one asked

Capsule review of Neal Stephenson's Anathem

“Look, it’s a Vout! Peaceful monks who devote their lives to the study of philosophy, science, and math!”

“KILL HIM!”

“STONE HIM!”

“BEAT HIM WITH STICKS!”

“He used devil-science to save my life! Dump him the river!”

“Watch out! He summoned science-ninjas to save himself!”

“Run away!”

I’m paraphrasing, of course. The real version has a lot more made-up words, and takes about 60 pages to present this scene.

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Written by Michael B. Duff

December 16, 2008 at 08:07

Posted in Culture

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  1. Ha ha ha…
    What I found hard to believe was the absolute lack of emotions on his part in that scene. Of course, he is based on logic and all, but not even a hint of “Ok, this is it!”

    R

    May 28, 2009 at 17:09


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