By Neal Stephenson
From bestselling writer Neal Stephenson and seriously acclaimed old and modern advertisement novelist Nicole Galland comes an enthralling and complicated near-future mystery combining historical past, technology, magic, secret, intrigue, and experience that questions the very foundations of the fashionable world.
When Melisande Stokes, knowledgeable in linguistics and languages, accidently meets army intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard college, it's the starting of a series of occasions that may modify their lives and human heritage itself. The younger guy from a shadowy govt entity techniques Mel, a low-level college member, with a big supply. the one : she needs to signal a nondisclosure contract in go back for the relatively huge amount of cash.
Tristan wishes Mel to translate a few very previous records, which, if real, are earth-shattering. They turn out that magic truly existed and used to be practiced for hundreds of years. however the arrival of the clinical revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its energy and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped operating altogether in 1851, on the time of the good Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s reasonable celebrating the increase of business expertise and trade. anything concerning the sleek international "jams" the "frequencies" utilized by magic, and it’s as much as Tristan to determine why.
And so the dept of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its actual project: to enhance a tool that may convey magic again, and ship Diachronic Operatives again in time to maintain it alive . . . and meddle with a bit background even as. yet whereas Tristan and his increasing operation grasp the technology and construct the know-how, they put out of your mind the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.
Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that signify all of Neal Stephenson’s paintings and steeped with the down-to-earth heat and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling variety, this intriguing and vividly learned paintings of technology fiction will make you think within the most unlikely, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.
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