Not-too-distant future – a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet – incarnate as the Metaverse – looks something like last year’s hype would lead you to believe it should.
In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for the CosaNostra. But in the Metaverse, he’s a warrior prince, last of the solo hackers, and the greatest sword fighter in the world. Now, he’s racing along the neon-lit streets, the skirts of his black leather kimono flapping, on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse! When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what’s a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue.
*Many virtual globe programs including NASA World Wind and Google Earth bear a resemblance to the “Earth” software developed by the Central Intelligence Corporation in Snow Crash. One Google Earth co-founder claimed that Google Earth was modeled after Snow Crash, while another co-founder said it was inspired by Powers of Ten.*