An Aut to Fraa Stephenson, author of Anathem

Anathem: (1) In Proto-Orth, a poetic or musical invocation of Our Mother Hylaea, which since the time of Adrakhones has been the climax of the daily liturgy (hence the Fluccish word Anthem meaning a song of great emotional resonance, esp. one that inspires listeners to sing along). Note: this sense is archaic, and used only in a … Continue reading An Aut to Fraa Stephenson, author of Anathem

Cryptonomicon: Das Messer sitzt mir an der Kehle…

 ...The knife is at my throat... As Günter Bischoff, the best U-Boat skipper of the Kriegsmarine, lies dying, in 1945, in the hull of his submarine, off the shore of Manilla, he reflects on what could have been: "...It was a nice conspiracy while it lasted..." Cryptonomicon, published in 1999, is Neal Stephenson's second triumphal novel, … Continue reading Cryptonomicon: Das Messer sitzt mir an der Kehle…