Author: Neal Stephenson
Reviewer: Joshua K. Wilson, Reference Librarian for Physical & Mathematical Sciences, NCSU Libraries
Anathem vaulted Stephenson to the top of my list of favorite authors. He just blows me away. His novels are consistently clever and complex yet thoroughly readable and hilarious. Anathem portrays an alternate cosmos (in fact, multiple parallel cosmoses) and a whole new scientific philosophy functioning within it. I loved Stephenson’s portrayal of the Avout, an intellectual order sort of like mathematicians crossed with monks.