The rise and fall of dodo sequel

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson

From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world jams the frequencies used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.
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Book Review : The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

BookPage interview by Savanna Walker. A sprawling story of government officials, academic experts and, eventually, actual witches banding together to alter the present by time traveling into the past, The Rise and Fall of D.
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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world. When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.

Nicole Galland: Hi there. Because Neal Stephenson is involved, there is of course a hard-science explanation for how magic works. Also, time travel. Nicole: With five other writers, we worked together on a series called The Mongoliad. It started out with the six of them — all guys — and a female friend pointed out that it could use a female touch. Neal knew my historical fiction and asked me to join in since it was my general era medieval Europe. As that project was wrapping up, he had the idea — I think the premise came to him all in a flash — for what is now The Rise and Fall of D.

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The Rise and Fall of D. The story follows the members of a secret U. Stephenson and Galland had previously written together on The Mongoliad. Army Major Tristan Lyons hires Dr. Melisande Stokes, a Harvard linguistics lecturer, to translate a variety of historic texts.

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It follows from this that stories about overcoming time tend towards the comic, because at root they are fantasies of escape from mortality. Of course, there are counterexamples. Wells is wiser than Who in this regard: no matter what technological marvels we deploy, we cannot escape death. So I propose the following rule of thumb: stories that involve going into the future will tend to be more tragic, running as they do along the vector of our own mortality; whereas stories that involve going into the past will tend to be more comic, powered by the levity and liberation we feel as we put distance between ourselves and our own deaths. Which brings us to The Rise and Fall of D.

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