Snow Crash Front Cover

Snow Crash Front Cover

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.

http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/snowcrash.html

*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.[9]*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_Crash#Influence_on_the_World_Wide_Web

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