Though Stephenson is best known as a science-fiction author, the genre classification mimics his interests more than his style. Reamde is near-future, with a core plot line that could take place today. I feel that the tool kit of the science fiction author is well suited to addressing the modern day world as it is, says Stephenson. You dont need to extrapolate the hypothetical future. Which isnt to say the book isnt a finely tuned, slightly off-kilter universe, because it is, but its grounded firmly in the present.
Neal Stephenson will be reading and signing Reamde at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, tonight at 7:30 p.m.; admission is free. For more information, visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070.
Fri., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., 2011