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Neal Stephenson

Stephenson at Science Foo Camp 2008
Born Neal Town Stephenson
(1959-10-31) October 31, 1959 (age 57)
Fort Meade, Maryland, United States
Pen name Stephen Bury
(with J. Frederick George)
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, essayist
Nationality American
Period 1984–present
Genre Speculative fiction, historical fiction, essays
Literary movement Cyberpunk, postcyberpunk, maximalism
Notable awards Hugo Award, Prometheus Award

The difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent.
Neal Stephenson
One of the most frightening things about your true nerd, for may people, is not that he's socially inept – because everybody's been there – but rather his complete lack of embarrassment about it.
Neal Stephenson
Most countries are static, and they need to do is keep having babies. But America's like this big old clanking smoking machine that just lumbers across the landscape scooping up and eating everything in sight.
Neal Stephenson
Talent was not rare; the ability to survive having it was.
Once a person has all the things they need to live, everything else is entertainment.
Neal Stephenson
It is the fate of operating systems to become free.
The difference between stupid and intelligent people – and this is true whether or not they are well-educated – is that intelligent people can handle subtlety.
Neal Stephenson