Message #3069

From: Melinda Green <>
Subject: Re: [MC4D] Snowcrash and Permutation City
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:10:58 -0800

Hello Vasily,

Snowcrash’s metaverse was the inspiration for Second Life which I helped
develop for a couple of years.
I felt it was amateurishly written but it described a concept that still
resonates loudly. A related work that I recommend much more is Greg
Egan’s "Permutation City". The writing quality is also not terribly good
but the concepts that he works with are quite well grounded in science.
It’s out of print but you can find copies through Amazon and others.
Greg generously made a PDF version
freely available.


On 2/5/2015 7:05 PM, Vasily Vladimirovich Vylkov
[4D_Cubing] wrote:
> Youshi, welcome to the group and sorry nobody replied to your first post!
> How did you solve the 4x4x4x4, were the algorithms & parity issues
> similar to the 3-dimensional 4x4x4? Congratulations!
> P.S. What is your favourite Vernor Vinge? (I started with "Rainbows
> End" and then read his short story "True Names" which was incredibly
> visionary. Then "Fire Upon the Deep" & "Deepness in the Sky" but not
> yet the 3rd part. Also need to read "Peace War" hmmm… you’ve
> given me a serious sci-fi craving.)
> If you liked Vinge’s Rainbows End, I hope you read William Gibson’s
> "Neuromancer", and Neal Stephenson’s "Snow Crash" – both cult
> classics now.