Exploring the Facts and Fantasies in Neal Town Stephenson’s ‘The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer’

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  • Jushaini. P Assistant Professor in English Perinthalmanna, Kerala, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i3.10479

Keywords:

Nanotechnology, Nanotics, Chevaline, Smart Paper.

Abstract

Literature enables people to think out of the box and connect with new ideas. At the same time, it takes us back and helps us know more about the life led by our ancestors. As a great foundation of life, literature fosters the overall development of the people and the society through inspiring stories, motivating tales and futuristic writings. We live in a world of technological advancements and Science Fiction stories are the profound ways to introduce extrapolation and speculation in literature. Built on a strong foundation of realistic concepts, sci-fi stories develop a futuristic world of limitless possibilities. Sci-fi stories take us to an exciting world where one witness unimaginable applications of science and technologies.

Neal Town Stephenson is an American writer well-known for writing science fiction, cyberpunk and postcyberpunk stories. He belongs to a prestigious family of scientists and engineers. His father was a biochemistry professor and his paternal grandfather, a physics professor. After completing his studies from Boston University, he started working as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company specialized in developing spacecraft and space launch systems. Currently, he is serving as the chief futurist for Magic Leap. He also cofounded Subutai Corporation, a company dedicated to developing interactive fiction projects.

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is a postcyberpunk novel by Neal Town Stephenson. The novel’s protagonist is named Nell, who is a thete, meaning a person who is not a member of any of the phyles. The entire plot is set in a future nanotech world where three forms of tribes or phyles exist, known as the Han, the Neo-Victorian New Atlantis, and the Nippon. The Diamond Age details some of the applications of nanotechnology such as chevaline, smart paper, etc. This journal is an analysis of extrapolation and speculation used in the sci-fi novel, The Diamond Age, written with an aim to explore different facts and fantasies created by the author.

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References

Stephenson Neal. The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer. Random House Publishing Group, 2003, p. 64.
Stephenson Neal. The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer. Random House Publishing Group, 2003, p. 228.
Yedla, Suneetha. “Smart Paper’ in Neal Stephenson’s ‘The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer’.” vol. 7, no. 3, Feb. 2013, pp. 51-53. IOSRJOURNALS www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jhss/papers/Vol7-issue3/I0735153.pdf?id=5988.
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Published

2020-03-28

How to Cite

P, J. (2020). Exploring the Facts and Fantasies in Neal Town Stephenson’s ‘The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer’. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 8(3), 9. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i3.10479