Far above the diamondoid bedrock of New Chusan, a class of neo-Victorians is ruling twenty-first-century Atlantis/Shanghai. John Percival Hackworth, a nanotechnologist, has created a magical book for the education of a young lady: an interactive device crammed with folklore, science and the martial arts that teaches young women how to think.
Neal Stephenson has published four novels: The Big U, Zodiac, Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. For the last of these he won a 1996 Hugo Award. He also writes (with J. Frederick George) as 'Stephen Bury'. Their books are Interface and Cobweb. Most of his books are published in Penguin. He lives in Seattle, where he is at work on other novels.