Fall, or Dodge in Hell

Fall, or Dodge in Hell

Title:Fall, or Dodge in Hell
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062458735
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:896 pages

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Phillip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.

In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia.

One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.

In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.

But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .

Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.


    Fall, or Dodge in Hell Reviews

  • Will Byrnes

    “I’m a go-between. On the one side is Elmo Shepherd, who believes that brains can be simulated—and that once the simulation is switched on, you’ll reboot in exactly the same state as when you...

  • Bradley

    This is a very hard book to review, but one thing is absolutely true:I'm absolutely blown away by this book. Ameristan! Lol MOAB! lol This is definitely one of Neal Stephenson's better books. Just for...

  • Liviu

    After a great start, the book bogs down into gibberish that is neither sf (see P Hamilton Void series for that), not portal fantasy (see M Stover) nor theology (lacks any moral dimension); 5 star for ...

  • Jason Pettus

    So to establish my bona fides right away, let me mention that I've read and loved all 16 novels that Neal Stephenson has now written in his life (yes, even his disavowed 1984 debut, the now out-of-pri...

  • Manuel Anto

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.April 1st: "Fall, or Dodge in Hell" by Neal StephensonIs it April 1st already? Or is this one of the worst attempts at writing serious SF!?...

  • Kemper

    If I wasn’t hoping that death is just an endless, dreamless slumber before then I sure am now.Richard ‘Dodge’ Forthrast made billions with the video game company he founded, but money doesn’t ...

  • Eric

    So I had some issues with this book, overall I liked it, but I found it was easier to separate into the good and the bad:The Good:- One of his more readable books, so no heavy technical nonsense like ...

  • M.

    Where have I seen this before...We Are Legion - We Are Bob (Bobiverse #1) by Dennis E. TaylorBob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are pla...

  • Heidi The Reader

    "Not only can we defeat entropy, but the universe, in a way, wants us to use our powers as conscious beings to make things better. And part of that is defeating death." pg 50I finally finished Neal St...

  • Bentgaidin

    'Fall, or Dodge in Hell' is a book that's hard to talk about because I find it basically fractally bad -- at any level I look at it, there's an interesting idea shot through with some fatal flaw, and ...