Fall or, Dodge in Hell

Fall or, Dodge in Hell

Neal Stephenson

Pub date
The Borough Press
A4 159x240mm
896 pages
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Book Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of SEVENEVES

‘One of the great novels of our time’ Wall Street Journal
‘Staggering’ New York Times
‘Captivating’ Washington Post
‘Cutting-edge’ Booklist
‘Epic’ Kirkus
‘Mind-blowing’ Slate

When gaming billionaire Richard ‘Dodge’ Forthrast is pronounced brain dead following a routine medical procedure, his family and close friends are left stunned, devastated, and forced to make difficult decisions.

Dodge’s will asks that his body be given to a cryonics company, owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd, whose business practices give Dodge’s family understandable cause for concern. But when Dodge wrote his will he didn’t anticipate that one day he’d be declared brain dead.
He also didn’t anticipate his brain being turned on again.
Years later, an astounding achievement in technology will allow the human race to defy death itself, giving birth to the Bitworld, an eternal afterlife. But this imagined state of perfection is not all that it appears to be…
A grand drama of man and machine, Fall, or Dodge in Hell is a mind-blowing literary saga for the modern age.

About the author

Neal Stephenson is the author of Seveneves, Reamde, Anathem, 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 is (with Nicole Galland) one of the seven coauthors of the Mongoliad Trilogy, and The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


  • Praise for FALL OR, DODGE IN HELL:
  • ‘A staggering feat of imagination, intelligence and stamina… The result is a story that touches on society, technology, spirituality and even eschatology, a far-reaching attempt at a grand myth that is breathtaking in scope and ambition… a one-of-a-kind synthesis of daring and originality, unafraid to venture into wild and unmapped conceptual territory’ New York Times Book Review
  • ‘One of the great novels of our time’ Wall Street Journal
  • ‘Captivating … The passages set in the real world display all of Stephenson’s usual witty brilliance when it comes to technology and culture’ Washington Post
  • ‘[Stephenson is a] speculative-fiction virtuoso… There are enough futuristic, envelope-pushing ideas here, especially related to AI and digital consciousness, to keep even nonfans and science buffs intrigued. Best-selling Stephenson is cutting-edge and his followers and all readers intrigued by shrewd speculative fiction will queue up’ Booklist Starred Review
  • ‘An audacious epic’ Kirkus, Starred Review
  • ‘There’s no part of this book that doesn’t chug and hum with that big-brain energy of near-future extrapolation that Stephenson’s fans love him for… Stephenson’s greatest strength as a writer has always been that he sees just a little bit further and a little bit clearer than the rest of us do’ NPR
  • ‘A feat of mind-blowing adventure powered by deep existential questions’ Slate
  • ‘Stephenson is the master of long-scale science fiction … I found myself glued to it all… And weeks after I finished reading, the ideas are burning in my brain. Some chapters have ideas that could seed full novels of their own’ CNET Book Club
  • ‘Gripping … a fantasy-science-fiction adventure story that is closer to reality than you might think’ The Week