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  • Published: 31 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446440506
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 944


The first novel in Neal Stephenson's acclaimed Baroque Cycle.

As extraordinary an achievement as Cryptonomicon, Quicksilver is Neal Stephenson's first novel in his acclaimed Baroque Cycle.

Neal Stephenson follows his international bestseller, the WWII thriller Cryptonomicon, with a novel set in the 16th and 17th centuries, in a world of war, scientific, religious and political turmoil.

With a cast of characters that includes Newton, Leibniz, Christopher Wren, Charles II, Cromwell and the young Benjamin Franklin, Stephenson again shows his extraordinary ability to get inside a place and time; as he did for the futures of his science fiction (Snowcrash,The Diamond Age) and for WWII (Cryptonomicon), here he does for the England of the Civil War and the Europe of the Wars of Religion and the Scientific Revolution. Quicksilver is yet another tour-de-force from a writer who is simply unique.

  • Published: 31 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446440506
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 944

About the author

Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Praise for Quicksilver

[A] massive tour-de-force- Dense, witty, erudite, packed with fascinating characters, and gripping despite a distended length, Quicksilver is both a worthy prequel to Cryptonomicon, and an indication that Stephenson's Baroque Cycle is shaping up to be a far more impressive literary endeavour than most so-called "serious" fiction - No scholarly, and intellectually provocative, historical novel has been this much fun since The Name of the Rose.

Charles Shaar Murray, Independent

A breathless ride…the writing gives an immersive sense of time and place


A brilliant, bulging historical novel ... Thrillingly accomplished ... Magnificent ... one finishes it already eager to begin the sequel


A great, heaving countryside of a book...consistently funny...fluent and elusive, while retaining just the right hint of poison


Staggering diversity and detail ... An astonishing achievement.

Sunday Telegraph

Stephenson mixes a library’s worth of ideas with compulsive derring-do … its scope and inventiveness become addictive.

Time Out