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Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland at Town Hall Monday, June 12, 2017, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland at Town Hall
Event typeAuthor Readings/Lectures
Wherenon-library location
Non-Library LocationTown Hall | 1119 Eighth Ave. (8th & Seneca) Seattle WA 98101
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryFrom bestselling authors Stephenson and Galland comes a near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.
DescriptionWhen Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.

Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. Nicole Galland's five previous novels are The Fool's Tale; Revenge of the Rose; Crossed; I, Iago, and Godiva. She writes a cheeky etiquette column for the Martha's Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.
View in Catalog"The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with University Book Store. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Signing Guidelines
  • Neal & Nicole will sign as many copies of the new novel as customers wish to purchase
  • Neal & Nicole are happy to personalize the signings
  • Backlist will be signed, but patrons with a large number of backlist titles are asked to wait until the end of the line
  • Patrons may take photos from line, but due to the anticipated number of people, Neal & Nicole will not be able to pose for photos
  • Signing guidelines are subject to change
Recorded for PodcastThis event will be recorded for future podcast.
Contact Info*Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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