When does the future start?,
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There have been a few reviews about this not being "real" SF, as nothing in it is *that* far off the present day. Mebbe.
When does the future start? 1,000 years? 100? 10? 1? Tomorrow?
The book has tech aspects which are not exactly as the world is now. The "T'Rain" system is in advance of anything existing in digital mapping as we speak (in fact, it goes *way* beyond mapping, in providing all the landscape elements with a realistic "backstory"). It's SF enough.
With the possible caveat of some slightly cardboardy characters, especially the Amusing Foreigner stereotypes, this is a triumph. Stephenson's signature features are here- the broad sweep, the snappy dialogue, the vibrant descriptive writing, the amount of information slipped in without overt info-dumping.
I loved it. Not quite up to Anathem, but still worth that fifth star.