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By Neal Stephenson

ISBN-10: 0061568627

ISBN-13: 9780061568626

The colossal U is Neal Stephenson's first released novel, a satire of campus life.

The tale chronicles the disillusionment of a few younger intellectuals as they come across the realities of the better schooling institution parodied within the tale. through the years their lives and sanity collapse in several methods via a chain of escalating occasions that culminates with an entire scale civil struggle raging at the campus of American Megaversity.

Told in first individual from the point of view of Bud, a lecturer in distant Sensing new to the collage, the e-book assaults and makes enjoyable of almost each plausible workforce at college, notwithstanding its images of the nerds/computer scientists/role avid gamers are typically extra precise than these of alternative factions.

The occasions ensue at a fictitious large college such as a unmarried construction (a crucial advanced with 8 towers containing pupil housing), making the college an enclosed universe of its personal. Stephenson makes use of this truth to take what starts off as a ordinarily lifelike satire and flow it more and more into the area of improbability, with great radioactive rats, hordes of bats and a lab-made railgun.

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The smoke belches from two big ol’ soot-blackened barbecue pits, tended by one big ol’ soot-covered man, who really ought to be wearing an OSHA-mandated, oxygenequipped gas mask if ever one was needed for any job, anywhere. Instead he sits there in his baseball cap and bib overalls on a folding chair that he’s pulled up real close so he can work the damper, feed the wood fire, and tend the meats. Holding his job looks to be the rough equivalent of a ten-packs-a-day habit. Says his name is Howard, that he’s been sitting there daily for about twenty years and doesn’t really mind the smoke.

It was yellow. His next stop was at an industrial supply store where he found big hoses. Green hoses. Yes, the Lord works in mysterious ways. The vacuum is called a Vac-All, and Gay Balfour was about to put that name to the test. He rigged up the truck and returned to the Indian reservation, where he proceeded to suck up twenty- Way Off the Road 21 three dazed prairie dogs in forty-five minutes. The Ute Indians immediately signed him to a $6,000 contract. Sure, you could say if it’d been the Cleveland Indians the figure would have been more like $6 million, but Gay was happy, and after he’d sucked 750 prairie dogs out of these sacred grounds, the Indians were gay too.

I support anything that keeps Nederland unique,” says a woman who runs an all-organic bakery for dogs, something one rarely finds in small towns, and she seems to speak for the majority. ” festivalgoers from out of town ask at the Frozen Dead Guy Days Information Center. Well, it seems that one Trygve Bauge (Trig-VAH BOW-gay) moved from Norway to Nederland, where he fit in nicely with the local new-age lifestyle, promoting wellness through regular immersions in icy water. He held the world record for bathing in ice water: one hour and four minutes.

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