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Neal Stephenson

Chief Futurist, Magic Leap
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As the trailblazer behind the concept of the “Metaverse” from his 1992 sci-fi classic Snow Crash, Neal has authored historical epic novels Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle; science fiction novels The Diamond Age and Anathem; and contemporary thrillers Zodiac and REAMDE. Neal’s work explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. His next novel, a science fiction epic entitled Seveneves, will be published by HarperCollins in May 2015.