Stephenson at Science Foo Camp 2008
|Born||Neal Town Stephenson
October 31, 1959
Fort Meade, Maryland, United States
|Pen name||Stephen Bury
(with J. Frederick George)
|Occupation||Novelist, short story writer, essayist|
|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.
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.
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.
Once a person has all the things they need to live, everything else is entertainment.
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.