Books and Brews: Neal Stephenson on His New Novel and Why He Hates Hops

Books and Brews: Neal Stephenson on His New Novel and Why He Hates Hops

Neal Stephenson is back with a new book. The best-selling author, who has made a career out of writing epic science fiction novels about topics as diverse as nanotechnology, virtual reality, mathematics, linguistics, philosophy, and future technology, is taking on the ideas of mind uploading and cloud technology and its effects on human nature in Fall; or, Dodge in Hell.

The new book brings back a character Stephenson has used before: Richard “Dodge” Forthrast, who appeared in his 2011 book Reamde. This time around, Forthrast is thrust into a digital world after a medical procedure goes wrong, and he wakes up within “an eternal afterlife—the Bitworld.”

Stephenson sat down with us for “Books and Brews” at the Porterhouse Brew Co. Bar in New York City to talk about his new book, combining fantasy … Read the rest

The Best New Books to Read at the Beach, Pool, or Cabin This Summer

The Best New Books to Read at the Beach, Pool, or Cabin This Summer

Now that it’s July, you’re probably in need of some new summer books for those jaunts to the pool, beach, or cabin.

So we’ve compiled a quick, foolproof guide to the season’s hottest new reads, cherry-picked for every interest.

Best for Fiction Junkies

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Whitehead follows up his Pulitzer-winning novel, The Underground Railroad, with a tale about two boys trapped at a hellish reform school in Jim Crow–era Florida.

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Best for Outdoorsmen

This Land by Christopher Ketcham

The author exposes how politics, energy development, and “corporate conservation” have affected the way public lands are managed—or not.

Best for Foodies

Hungry by Jeff Gordinier

Jeff Gordinier, Esquire’s food writer, follows the acclaimed chef René Redzepi to the Yucatán Peninsula, the Arctic, and beyond, in an epic hunt for the world’s finest flavors.

"They Bled Blue" by Jason Trubow
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Best for Sports Nuts

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