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Neal Stephenson's 'Seveneves' is moonstruck by nerdiness
Neal Stephenson's 'Seveneves' is moonstruck by nerdiness

Neal Stephenson is amazing at beginnings and not so hot at endings, and his new novel, "Seveneves," has a marvelous opening sentence: "The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason." The reigning monarch of geek novelists since his 1992 cyberpunk sci-fi landmark, "Snow Crash," Stephenson specializes in coming up with arresting premises, then teasing out how science and technology would affect their outcome — which can be hard for him to reconcile with the needs of fiction. After the moon breaks into seven pieces on the first page of "Seveneves" (at an unspecified time in the near future), scientists figure out that, in about two...

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