The author of such notable novels as Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and the mammoth trilogy, the Baroque Cycle, is hitting the bookshelves once again with Anathem, due out in September.
I spotted the listing for new novel on Amazon a little while ago, but it wasn’t sporting the little blurb of plot description that’s making its way around the usual news spots the last couple of days:
Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians—sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, unpredictable “saecular” world that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms and busts, world wars and climate change. Until the day that a higher power, driven by fear, decides that only these cloistered scholars have the abilities to avert an impending catastrophe. And, one by one, Raz and his cohorts are summoned forth without warning into the Unknown.