I was incredibly excited to read that Neal Stephenson's next novel, Anathem, will be released this September.

does a little dance

The amazon affiliate boxy thing on the right doesn't look nearly as cool as it could with the actual front cover image, but I don't believe one has yet been released, so for now.. empty box. I don't actually care about the 2 cents I'd get if someone clicked on that link and pre-ordered the book. Really, I just wanted a straightforward way to embed some amazon content, and the affiliate account was the fastest way to go.

Hey, it's late.

The back-panel text or, more correctly, "catalog copy" is as follows:

Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians—sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, unpredictable "saecular" world that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms and busts, world wars and climate change. Until the day that a higher power, driven by fear, decides that only these cloistered scholars have the abilities to avert an impending catastrophe. And, one by one, Raz and his cohorts are summoned forth without warning into the Unknown.

According to a Q&A published six months or so ago, the book is primarily about Platonic mathematics. I am, therefore, bound to read it in about e working days. Count me pre-ordered!

Hat tip to Nerd World.

Mar 31st, 2008