Burton, Michigan: Subterranean Press, 2020. Limited Edition. Thick Octavo. Item #028395
961 pages. limited to 400 copies signed by the author. The present copy is #117. Stephenson, an old hand at dystopian visions, offers a world that will be familiar, and welcome to readers of A Canticle for Leibowitz and Dune-and, for that matter, Hesse's The Glass Bead Game. The narrator, a youngish acolyte, lives in a monastery-like fortress inhabited by intellectuals in retreat from a gross outer world littered by box stores, developments and discarded military hardware. He offers the vision of a future we or our descendants will inevitably face, despite the best efforts of idealists. Clearly the author knows Plato, Leibnitz, Kant and Husserl as well as the implications of the Orion Foundation of the late 1950's and 1960's. Bound in beige linen, spine lettering in copper, pictorial endpapers. A fine bright copy in a fine unclipped pictorial dust jacket.