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Neal Stephenson – hier erläutert der Autor, warum er keine schicke persönliche Homepage hat.

Cryptonomicon – Offizielle Webseite mit Kurzbiographie, längerem Textauszug (die ersten sechs Kapitel auf Englisch), dem Essay: In the Beginning was the Command Line sowie einem Interview mit dem Autor.

Cryptonomicon – Auszug aus dem 2. Kapitel (Barrens) auf deutsch.

Cryptonomicon – ein 19-seitiger Textauszug auf englisch.

Neal Stephenson on Zeta Function Cryptography – Neal Stephenson äußert sich in einer E-Mail zu dem Thema, das in seinem Roman eine so besondere Rolle spielt.

Cryptonomicon cypher-FAQ – "Frequently Anticipated Questions" by Neal Stephenson. Es ist immer nett, wenn sich der Autor eines solchen Romans zu Fragen äußert, die zu erwarten sind.

In the Beginning was the Command Line – by Neal Stephenson.

Neal Stephenson Decodes Cryptonomicon – ein Amazon-Special mit einem Stephenson-Interview.

Click Here – "Neal Stephenson’s novel foreshadows an encoded future that had its beginnings in World War II." By Dwight Garner. New York Times Book Review, May 23, 1999.

"Stephenson’s antiquated commitment to narrative, his Dickensian brio, is part of what makes his gargantuan new novel, "Cryptonomicon," distinct from the other outsize slabs of post-modern fiction we’ve seen recently – David Foster Wallace’s "Infinite Jest," Don DeLillo’s "Underworld," Thomas Pynchon’s "Mason & Dixon." For all the pleasures scattered throughout those books, they’re dry, somewhat forbidding epics that beckon industrious graduate students while checking the riffraff at the door. "Cryptonomicon," on the other hand, is a wet epic – as eager to please as a young-adult novel, it wants to blow your mind while keeping you well fed and happy. For the most part, it succeeds. It’s brain candy for bitheads."

Review: Cryptonomicon – by Nathan Bruinooge:

"With Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson has made two leaps at once: from cyberpunk-informed science fiction to a modern-day technothriller, and from novels of sensible length to a 900+ page whopper. He has pulled it off, and them some – this is a book with book with both guts and soul. It is his best novel yet.
Cryptonomicon is about crypto, which is to say cryptology, which is to say it’s about codes. The title is the name of a book of code-lore which has accrued over the years, though its role in this novel is actually pretty marginal. Cryptology is the glue that holds together a plot that alternates back and forth between World War Two and the present day and focuses on three (almost four) main characters (…) So what about the comparisons to Thomas Pynchon? Now that Stephenson has a World War Two novel (or at least half of one) under his belt, they are both inevitable and ubiquitous. Behind it is a larger implied question: does this novel have literary worth? (Whatever that means.) Stephenson can write well, but he’s not a prose maestro in the same class as Pynchon or David Foster Wallace."

Cryptonomicon – Review by Richard Behrens, The Modern Word.

Losing the Code War – "The great age of code breaking is over–and with it much of our ability to track the communications of our enemies." By Stephen Budiansky, The Atlantic Monthly, February 2002.

Der "Solitaire" Verschlüsselungsalgorithmus – eine geringfügig andere Übersetzung (Nils Plaumann) des Textes von Bruce Schneier, der dem Roman als Anhang (pp. 1172-1181) beigefügt ist.

The Course of the Empire Takes its Way – "Neil Stephensons Roman "Cryptonomicon" – Laptop-Cowboys verkünden die frohe Botschaft von Individualismus und Kapitalismus." Von Volker Hummel, Telepolis, 08.12.1999.

Future Matic – William Gibson und Neal Stephenson: zwei gegenteilige Ansichten vom kalifornischen Traum. Rezensiert von Volker Hummel.

Cryptonomicon – die Kritik des Chaos Computer Club Cologne. Die müssen’s ja wissen.

Cryptonomicon – von Wolfgang Treß, Alien Contact:

"Mit Cryptonomicon hat Neal Stephenson die Science-Fiction-Gemeinde in Richtung »anspruchsvolle Literatur« verlassen. Oder er hat sie dorthin mitgenommen – wie man’s nimmt."

Sagen des 21. Jahrhunderts – eine Cryptonomicon Rezension von Thomas Haselberger.

Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon – eine Kurzrezension mit Kurzbiographie ohne Autorenangabe.

Zurück in die Gegenwart Cryptonomicon Rezension, erschienen im Netpol-Digest 18 (1999-12-01).

Neal Stephenson – bei Perlentaucher. Kurzbiographie und Rezensionen zu Diamond Age - Die Grenzwelt, Cryptonomicon und Snow Crash.

Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon – eine Kritik von Ekkehard Knörer, Kurzbiographie und Links.

Bletchley Park – Home of Ultra "Britain’s Best Kept Secret!"

Project X – Bletchley Park Groups Website.

Station X – The official Bletchley Park website.

"During WW2 the German armed forces top secret codes were broken at Bletchley Park, providing the allies with vital information towards their war effort. The world’s first programmable computer and other technologies we take for granted today were initiated at Bletchley Park."

Enigma: Allied Breaking of Naval Enigma – prepared by Ralph Erskine.


Der Pazifische Krieg und sein Vorspiel – Hausarbeit von Dominik Schwarz, Fachbereich Japanologie, Universität Trier, 01/2003.

Chronik der Ereignisse – Pazifikkrieg 1941-1945.

Neal Stephenson’s Past, Present, and Future — The author of the widely praised "Baroque Cycle" on science, markets, and post-9/11 America Interviewed by Mike Godwin, February 2005:

Reason: A critic once said of Thomas Pynchon that he was one of the few modern novelists for whom what the characters do for a living is more defining than what their emotional relationships are. It seems to me that you have that same focus. In The Baroque Cycle, the biggest romantic relationship in Daniel Waterhouse’s life occurs mostly offstage, unless you count his difficult friendship with Isaac Newton.
Stephenson: There’s a false dichotomy embedded in that. It’s possible to have an emotional relationship with what you do for a living. And this is especially true when you work with other people, because naturally you form emotional relationships with those people, which get all tangled up with your relationship to the work itself.


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