The Diamond Age
The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is a science fiction novel by American writer Neal Stephenson. It is to some extent a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. The novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the nature of artificial intelligence. The Diamond Age was first published in 1995 by Bantam Books, as a Bantam Spectra hardcover edition. In 1996, it won both the Hugo and Locus Awards, and was shortlisted for the Nebula and other awards. In 2009, a six-hour miniseries adapted from the novel was slated for development for the Syfy Channel,
although the adaptation did not ultimately emerge.
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original title: The Diamond Age
subtitle: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
date of publication: 1996
genre: postcyberpunk novel, steampunk novel, cyberpunk novel, Bildungsroman, science fiction novel
narrative location: Shanghai
follows: Snow Crash
followed by: The Cobweb
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