‘We can’t destroy ourselves in the process of trying to save the earth’


MINOT, N.D. — Neal Stephenson is the man who wrote ” Snowcrash ,” and gave us the term “metaverse.”

He’s also the author of ” Cryptonomicon ,” which was talking about cryptocurrency a decade before the mysterious origins of bitcoin .

The man is a reliable forecaster of emerging trends in the world of science and technology. This is why it’s so interesting that his latest novel, ” Termination Shock ,” deals with an evolution in the debate over climate change.

In his book, the people of the world are already living through a climate disaster, using protective gear to stay cool and working to hold back the rising seas.

Those things are portrayed as an indictment of environmentalist politics that accomplished little while focused on trying to address climate change through restrictive policies.

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