You can now pre-order Neal "Cryptonomicon" Stephenson's new novel Anathem, due out in September, but as of yet the author has made very few comments about it. Nor has his publisher, William Morrow. All we know comes from the LiveJournal entry of a Google employee who asked the author about it last year when he read at the Google Kirkland campus. She writes, "It's set on another planet and has aliens and so on. It's really about Platonic mathematics, but he needed the aliens and space opera-ish elements to spice it up a little bit, just like the pirates kept people engaged in the Baroque books." Plus, we can guess that the title is a mashup of the words anathema and anthem, which is a darn cool coinage. [Pre-order Anathem
@kstop: I bet options have been sold on most of his books (or at least the offers have been made), but Hollywood is pretty conservative. By his own admission, Stephenson is famous-ish — about as famous as the mayor of Des Moines — and I suspect someone'd have to come up with an awfully able condensation of, say, Snow Crash into a two-hour screenplay for a studio to seriously consider spending millions to make a movie about the origin of consciousness in the breakdown of the bicameral mind based on a book by an author most of America hasn't heard of.