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But modern engines help devs manage the challenges of building for multiple targets. My expectation is that a lot of Metaverse content will be built for screens (where the market is) while keeping options open for the future growth of affordable headsets.
Fortunately, modern game engines don't force devs to choose until pretty late in the process. That's not to minimize the difficulties of designing for AR/VR as opposed to screens. I know that really well from my time working on content at Magic Leap.
We fluently navigate and interact with extremely rich 3D environments using keyboards that were designed for mechanical typewriters. It's steampunk made real. A Metaverse that left behind those users and the devs who build those experiences would be getting off on the wrong foot
Thanks to games, billions of people are now comfortable navigating 3D environments on flat 2D screens. The UIs that they've mastered (e.g. WASD + mouse) are not what most science fiction writers would have predicted. But that's how path dependency in tech works.
...I didn't see video games coming when I wrote Snow Crash. I thought that the killer app for computer graphics would be something more akin to TV. But then along came DOOM and generations of games in its wake. That's what made 3D graphics cheap enough to reach a mass audience.
The assumption that the Metaverse is primarily an AR/VR thing isn't crazy. In my book it's all VR. And I worked for an AR company--one of several that are putting billions of dollars into building headsets. But...
I am thrilled to announce that I have joined @LAMINA1official as Chief Strategy Officer. Excited to build this new venture with @nealstephenson @vessenes @rabovitz and a world-class executive team!…
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NEW: @nealstephenson, the futurist who coined “metaverse” in 1992, is now working on a blockchain-based metaverse project: @Lamina1official. @elitanjourno reports
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Yesterday I got to participate in a now-ancient ritual: receiving, in physical mail, an early copy of a forthcoming issue of a physical magazine in which I have an article. Both the ritual and my pleasure in it places me squarely in fogey territory, I know, but I can't help it.
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But if it's a situation where there's actually something for readers to do, I'll always try to provide links! Happy Snow Crash month, and stay tuned...
In the meantime, however, there will be some announcements. So, a general reminder of how I use Twitter: mostly one-way. I don't want to get enmeshed in its feedback loops. I don't see DMs. And if I do read responses, it'll be with a finger on the Block button.
By the time we roll into 2023 I hope to have become something like Jean-Luc Picard strolling around his vineyard, entertaining the occasional visitor but mostly just minding his own business. Which in my case is writing. Not grapes. Grapes seem cool, though.
I am taking 2022 off from writing so that I can catch a few balls that have been tossed my way. Some of it is big important stuff for me, but every day I'm reminded of how tiny it is compared to the war, the pandemic, Jan. 6th, and atmospheric CO2.
This is the 30th anniversary of the publication of Snow Crash. If you figure in the time I spent writing it, it's been half my life. It's been a wild ride, especially during the last year 😉
If you're thinking about using "deeply" in a sentence, don't.
Spear is glorious! You really, really need to see it up close and in person: it glows! Beautiful, beautiful book that fits perfectly in the hand.…
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For the avoidance of confusion, I have zero involvement with snowcrash dot com
Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson's D.O.D.O. is featured today on @eBookDaily !…
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"This is a tale of espionage and betrayal and the dark secrets of a decades-long cold war. It is a story of otherworldly horror, of strange nameless forces that lie beneath the reality we know. In other words, it is the story of a marriage." -Austin Grossman's Crooked "
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Termination Shock tour update - Neal is in Indianapolis tonight, 11/23.! His tour resumes after Thanksgiving in-person in Philly and NYC, plus 2 more virtual events on the 2nd and 3rd of December. Get in on the fun!
Another wonderful review for TERMINATION SHOCK by @nealstephenson , this time from the @washingtonpost. “Deals brilliantly and innovatively with our era’s most pressing existential matter — while delivering stratospheric gigatons of carefully engineered delight.”
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Our statement on Meta's microfluidic glove prototype…
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Today’s the day – Termination Shock is on sale wherever you get your books here in the US. Grab your copy – and join Neal’s tour, in-person or virtually. Details:
Happy publication day to @nealstephenson ! @omarelakkad says, in The New York Times Book Review, “Termination Shock manages to pull off a rare trick, at once wildly imaginative and grounded.” We couldn't agree more.…
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Only one day until TERMINATION SHOCK is in bookstores. Tour info: and grab a signed copy here… and here…
Here's me testing the open source #icelandverse headset a few years ago. A simulation of the gap between the Eurasian and N. American tectonic plates. So realistic it gave me hypothermia. The most convincing XR experience I've had. Didn't have to surrender any of my personal data
Here's my conversation with @nealstephenson, one of the greatest sci-fi writers ever, from Snow Crash & Cryptonomicon to his new book Termination Shock. We talk about space, aliens, AI, VR, cryptocurrency, and the future of humanity.…
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Don't forget - if you have pre-ordered TERMINATION SHOCK by @nealstephenson, you can submit your proof of purchase to view an exclusive video of Neal talking about the science behind, & the characters of, the book. DETAILS: This offer ends 11/16 at 9am.
. @nealstephenson on the metaverse, and on his new novel Termination Shock, in this @geekwire Q&A. Termination Shock goes on sale next week, Tuesday, November 16th.…
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Neal’s book tour kicks off with the publication of his new novel, Termination Shock, in less than 2 weeks! Check out the in-person and virtual events and get your ticket now.
Here's the first minute from the audiobook edition of TERMINATION SHOCK by @nealstephenson, read by Edoardo Ballerini. Available for pre-order now, on sale Nov. 16th.…
“Neal Stephenson has never been afraid of engaging with big ideas within genre forms, and Termination Shock might be his most visionary, and timely, book yet.” -Chicago Review of Books. Termination Shock by @nealstephenson goes on sale on Nov. 16th!…
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Since there seems to be growing confusion on this: I have nothing to do with anything that FB is up to involving the Metaverse, other than the obvious fact that they're using a term I coined in Snow Crash. There has been zero communication between me and FB & no biz relationship.
"Amalgamated Coal, the world's largest producer of fossil fuels, is no longer Amalgamated Coal. It is now Marfreshca!, which operates organic lemonade stands on the surface of Mars."
TERMINATION SHOCK by @nealstephenson selected in the @nytimesbooks monthly preview for November! check it out, and pre-order. On sale 11/16.…
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Catch @nealstephenson on tour for his new technothriller TERMINATION SHOCK, out 11/16. Here’s the complete list of in person & virtual events. Cities: Seattle, San Fran, Denver, Madison, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Phoenixville, NYC
Just three short weeks until TERMINATION SHOCK by Neal Stephenson goes on sale on 11/16. Pre-order:… Attend an event, live and/or virtual:
. @WIRED profiles @nealstephenson in anticipation of his forthcoming novel, TTERMINATION SHOCK, on sale Nov. 16th.… “Arguably no sci-fi writer has the specific combination of vision, reach, and ardent fandom that Stephenson does.”
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TERMINATION SHOCK BOOK TOUR! 9 cities plus 3 virtual events. All info and details in the link, the festivities kick off on Sunday 11/14 in Seattle. Termination Shock goes on sale November 16th.
NYT bestselling author @nealstephenson discusses his new novel TERMINATION SHOCK in this @PublishersWkly profile.… On Sale November 16th
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Pre-order a copy of TERMINATION SHOCK and receive access to an exclusive video of Neal Stephenson talking about the science behind and the characters of the book. Complete details:
Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson goes on sale November 16th. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? It’s available wherever books, ebooks, and audiobooks are sold.…
The Fall; or, Dodge in Hell ebook is just $1.99 today only (Aug 18th). Download it wherever you buy your ebooks – it includes a sneak peek excerpt from @nealstephenson ‘s new novel, TERMINATION SHOCK, on sale Nov. 16th.…
Pre-order a signed copy of Neal Stephenson’s new novel, Termination Shock, from @booksamillion . On Sale Nov. 30. Epic in scope while heartbreakingly human in perspective, Termination Shock is an exhilarating, witty, mind-expanding speculative adventure.…
Congratulations Alvy Ray! Many years of experience and work went into…
1992: the internet will be like Snow Crash 2021: the facebook will be like Snow Crash
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My new novel, Termination Shock, goes on sale November 30th. Available for pre-order wherever you buy your books; or, reserve a signed edition from @booksamillion…
Termination Shock goes on sale November 16th. But you might be able to read it early. There’s a giveaway for Advance Reader’s Editions on @goodreads - check it out…
To all my Canadian readers: Termination Shock is included in @chaptersindigo ‘s Most Anticipated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books offer! You can pre-order between July 5 - 11 for 30% off here:
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