Quick­sil­ver Neal Stephen­son, 2003

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Stretch­ing the def­i­ni­tion of what con­sti­tutes sci- fi to break­ing point, Neal Stephen­son’s Quick­sil­ver is ac­tu­ally a novel set in the past, an epic of the en­light­en­ment- era nat­u­ral philoso­phers who in­vented the mod­ern world. It’s a mea­sure of Stephen­son’s am­bi­tion that, even at 900- plus pages, it was the open­ing of­fer­ing in a tril­ogy. It’s his­tor­i­cal fic­tion writ­ten with an SF sen­si­bil­ity, a bril­liantly ex­e­cuted piece of history- of- science fic­tion.

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