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The Diamond Age
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Spectra
Publication date June 1, 2000
Pages 455
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553380965
ISBN-10 0553380966
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Set in 21st century Shanghai, this novel of the cyber-future follows Nell, a street urchin, after she stumbles on a very powerful interactive device that has the power to decode and reprogram her entire life. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, The Diamond Age is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our time

Decades into our future, a stone’s throw from the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful neo-Victorians. He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called A Young Ladys Illustrated Primer  Commissioned by an eccentric duke for his grandchild, stolen for Hackworth's own daughter, the Primer’s purpose is to educate and raise a girl capable of thinking for herself. It performs its function superbly. Unfortunately for Hackworth, his smuggled copy has fallen into the wrong hands.

Young Nell and her brother Harv are thetes—members of the poor, tribeless class.  Neglected by their mother, Harv looks after Nell.  When he and his gang waylay a certain neo-Victorian—John Percival Hackworth—in the seamy streets of their neighborhood, Harv brings Nell something special: the Primer.

Following the discovery of his crime, Hackworth begins an odyssey of his own. Expelled from the neo-Victorian paradise, squeezed by agents of Protocol Enforcement on one side and a Mandarin underworld crime lord on the other, he searches for an elusive figure known as the Alchemist.  His quest and Nell’s will ultimately lead them to another seeker whose fate is bound up with the Primer—a woman who holds the key to a vast, subversive information network that is destined to decode and reprogram the future of humanity.

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Paperback
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Reprint edition from Spectra (June 1, 2000)
9780553380965 | details & prices | 455 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $16.00
About: The story of an engineer who creates a device to raise a girl capable of thinking for herself reveals what happens when a young girl of the poor underclass obtains the device.
Reprint edition from Bantam Books (March 1, 1996)
9780553573312 | details & prices | 4.00 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $6.99
About: A major writer in the 'cyberpunk' genre, the author of Snow Crash imagines a future ruled by a rebirth of Victorian thinking, inhabited by a brilliant technologist who dares to rebel against it.
Miscellaneous
from Spectra (August 26, 2003)
9780553898200 | details & prices | List price $15.00

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