lundi 13 juin 2011

Next Stephenson

Le prochain roman de Neal Stephenson sortira le 20 septembre :


Neal Stephenson écrit de la science fiction et de la littérature populaire et j'adore tous ses romans. Cryptonomicon est dans mon top10 de romans et je l'ai lu quatre fois (je crois, dont 3 en VO et 1 en VF), record absolu pour moi, pour un roman de 1000 pages ou approchant. Certes ce n'est pas de la grande littérature mais j'adore les thèmes de ses romans, sa façon de raconter et son style (j'aime beaucoup aussi le style et les thèmes des romans de Cory Doctorow, qui est un auteur assez proche de Stephenson, voir aussi Charlie Stross, dans le même genre).

En attendant voici le "blurb" de REAMDE :

Four decades ago, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family, fled to a wild and lonely mountainous corner of British Columbia to avoid the draft. Smuggling backpack loads of high-grade marijuana across the border into Northern Idaho, he quickly amassed an enormous and illegal fortune. With plenty of time and money to burn, he became addicted to an online fantasy game in which opposing factions battle for power and treasure in a vast cyber realm. Like many serious gamers, he began routinely purchasing viral gold pieces and other desirables from Chinese gold farmers— young professional players in Asia who accumulated virtual weapons and armor to sell to busy American and European buyers.
For Richard, the game was the perfect opportunity to launder his aging hundred dollar bills and begin his own high-tech start up—a venture that has morphed into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Corporation 9592, with its own super successful online role-playing game, T’Rain. But the line between fantasy and reality becomes dangerously blurred when a young gold farmer accidently triggers a virtual war for dominance—and Richard is caught at the center.
In this edgy, 21st century tale, Neal Stephenson, one of the most ambitious and prophetic writers of our time, returns to the terrain of his cyberpunk masterpieces Snow Crash and Crpytonomicon, leading readers through the looking glass and into the dark heart of imagination.