I couldn't get to the end of that book - to the lousy end ofthat book [laughter] unless I could invoke Van Eck phreaking so it's set up in one part of the book, early on where it seems like a digression, and then later it turns out to be integral to the plot.
The System of the World won the Prometheus Award in That's not to say that I don't engage in digressions, but I have tried to curtail that tendency and to only do it when what looks like a digression is only going to be relevant later on down the line. To do so, they have to find an actual living witch and then build a pseudo-scientific time-travel facility where she can work, in an unmarked building in Cambridge, Mass.
I can give you the answer that makes me look good which is "Oh yes, I'll read the great book! So, by the end of it I was only consulting reference materials when I had some incredibly specific thing that I needed to know about wigs.
Stephenson at this time would later be described by Mike Godwin as "a slight, unassuming grad-student type whose soft-spoken demeanor gave no obvious indication that he had written the manic apotheosis of cyberpunk science fiction.
Since you write everything longhand, what's your favourite kind of pen? Centenarians are locked in for a hundred years, and Millennarians—long-lifespanners who are endowed with Yoda-esque wisdom—emerge only in years ending in triple zeros. So rather than just go off on Wikipedia Aud: Please do!
Did they happen to be there, or did you know they were going to be there and drive past them? I write with a pen, so I pick up a different pen, edit those pages in a different colour of ink and by the time I'm through to the end of that, I'm sort of spun up and ready to Q: Well, then I might be one of the minority who enjoys them.