Booksmith is thrilled to welcome Neal Stephenson back to the store, appearing with co-author Nicole Galland for their new novel The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
Please Note: This event is free and open to the pubic, and seating is first come first served. If you would like to reserve a seat, please purchase a copy of The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. below and put your request in the comments field. One book purchase = one seat, no exceptions.
When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidentally meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it's 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. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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.
RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., please order below and put your request in the comments field.
This event is free and open to the pubic, and seating is first come first served. If you would like to reserve a seat, please purchase a copy of The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. below and put your request in the comments field. One book = one seat, no exceptions.
- Signing Guidelines: Neal & Nicole will sign and personalize as many copies of the new novel as you'd like to purchase. They are also happy to sign backlist, but within reason—any major collectors will be asked to join the end of the line in order to make sure things flow smoothly.
- Photographs: While fans are welcome to take pictures, Neal & Nicole will not be able to stop signing and pose for photos so as not to hold up the line.