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 to 250 signed and numbered copies (copy we have is pictured below and has a bump, as shown on the top left corner of spine, otherwise book is as new and appears unread)
Subterranean Press Limited Edition
Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith
Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies, fully cloth bound
Lettered: 26 copies, hand bound in leather and cloth, signed by author, housed in a custom traycase
Consignment (Tim's Stuff) - Lettered (As New):
This is a unique one of a kind copy, it is not Lettered or marked PC, the book is bound as a lettered book and housed in a lettered traycase BUT it is designated "Founder's Copy" on the limitation line. No other copy of this book is designated in this manner, this is your chance to own the rarest and most unique Lettered State of this book.
Note there are a couple of tiny indentaions on the lower back right corner of the traycase as pictured below, there was some small pieces of gravel in the bag and they must have occured during shipping. There is also a small spot on the edge of the traycase at the front/spine as pictured below.
|Publisher||Avon Books, Subterranean Press|