Neal Stephenson

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avatar n. 1992 N. Stephenson Snow Crash (1993) 35 The people are pieces of software called avatars. They are the audiovisual bodies that people use to communicate with each other in the Metaverse. Hiro’s avatar is now on the Street, too, and if the couples coming off the monorail look over in his direction, they can see him just as he’s seeing them.
avatar n. 1992 N. Stephenson Snow Crash v. 33 The people are pieces of software called avatars.
beam v. 1992 N. Stephenson Snow Crash v. 34 You can’t just materialize anywhere in the Metaverse, like Captain Kirk beaming down from on high.
bionic adj. 1988 N. Stephenson Zodiac i. 11 I threw myself on the mercy of Esmerelda, a black librarian of somewhere between ninety and a hundred who contained within her bionic hairdo all knowledge, or the ability to find it.
gravity well n. 2015 N. Stephenson Seveneves 510 Endurance was at least as maneuverable now as she had been at the beginning, when she had wallowed at the bottom of Earth’s gravity well, burdened with years’ worth of propellant.
materialize v. 1992 N. Stephenson Snow Crash 34 You can’t just materialize anywhere in the Metaverse, like Captain Kirk beaming down from on high.
meatspace n. 1999 N. Stephenson Cryptonomicon (2002) 535 Current meatspace coordinates, hot from the GPS receiver card in my laptop: [etc.].
metaverse n. 1992 N. Stephenson Snow Crash iii. 22 Hiro spends a lot of time in the Metaverse.
phaser n. 1999 N. Stephenson Cryptonomicon 102 A beam of yellow light, like a phaser blast in Star Trek, shoots across the bay.
planet-wide adj. 1992 N. Stephenson Snow Crash xlviii. 328 A fundamental rebuilding of the whole Metaverse, carried out on a planetwide, corporate level.
pseudogravity n. 2008 N. Stephenson Anathem 674 We assumed that, inside of the icosahedron, some part of it rotated to create pseudo-gravity.
space warp n. 1988 N. Stephenson Zodiac i. 3 There was at least an acre back here, tucked away in kind of a space warp caused by Brighton’s irrational street pattern.
Tolkienian adj. 1999 N. Stephenson Cryptonomicon 647 These guys only think about one thing: the cards in their hands, each contained in a clear plastic sleeve to keep it mint condition, each decorated with a picture of a troll or wizard or some other leaf on the post-Tolkienian evolutionary tree, and printed on the back with elaborate rules.