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Neal Stephenson

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Amazon Announces “Jet City Comics”, Own Comics Imprint

Amazon.com announced today that it will be starting it’s own comics imprint: Jet City Comics. The first titles the line will be sporting are adaptations of such big name authors like George R.R. Martin, Neal Stephenson, and Hugh Howey.

Go under the cut for comic book covers, commentary, and titles.

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Cautiously Optimistic

Reamde to Get Television Adaptation, Presumably With Kickass Female Characters Included

Fair warning here: I spend a lot of this post casually dropping bits of details about the plot of Reamde. I say this not just because of spoilers, but because you aren’t going to believe that all of these things could possibly happen in the same novel. Well, believe me. They do.

According to Deadline Chris and Paul Weitz are all ready to write and produce Neal Stephenson‘s Reamde as a television show for Fox, and you should care because of the novel’s triad of major female characters.

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Power Grid

The 10 Best (Worst?) Fictional Diseases

In honor of World Health Day (April 7), we at The Mary Sue thought we’d present a few of the geek world diseases that you are most definitely never going to contract. The following ailments are gnarly, unfortunate, and sometimes not even of this Earth. But as we enter allergy season and try to explain away our sinus infections, at least we can assure ourselves that we have no chance of catching something like Spattergroit.

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Fact From the Vapor of Nuance

Neal Stephenson’s Next Novel is About Gold Farming

Neal Stephenson sure has a thing for gold, doesn’t he? Cryptonomicon was (partially) about a white guy from the midwest with a tech-startup trying to get gold out of Japan.  The Baroque Cycle was (partially) about a white guy whose family would eventually be from the midwest with a ship named after the godess of technology trying to get gold to England.

It would appear that REAMDE is about a white guy from the midwest with a tech-startup built on money laundered through virtual gold transactions with Chinese gold farmers.

Of course we’re going to read it.

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