The first novel in Neal Stephenson's acclaimed Baroque Cycle.
Neal Stephenson is the author of five previous novels and co-author (with Frederick George) of two more. He lives in Seattle.
"[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 * "Staggering diversity and detail ... An astonishing achievement." * Sunday Telegraph * "A great, heaving countryside of a book...consistently funny...fluent and elusive, while retaining just the right hint of poison" * Telegraph * "Stephenson mixes a library's worth of ideas with compulsive derring-do ... its scope and inventiveness become addictive." * Time Out * "A breathless ride...the writing gives an immersive sense of time and place" * Face *