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Sci-Fi great Neal Stephenson, author of “Termination Shock,” to speak at the SOSV Climate Tech Summit
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Benjamin Joffe
Benjamin Joffe

We are delighted to announce that Neal Stephenson will be speaking at the SOSV Climate Tech Summit. Register today! It’s virtual and free.

Neal Stephenson is a world-renowned speculative fiction author who won Hugo, Locus, Arthur C. Clarke, and Prometheus awards for science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and post-cyberpunk (he coined the term ‘metaverse‘ in 1992 in his cyberpunk novel Snow Crash). In his works, Stephenson explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science.

In addition to his writing, Stephenson has worked as a member of the technical staff for Blue Origin (a suborbital aerospace company founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos), as an inventor at Intellectual Ventures Labs, and as Chief Futurist of AR unicorn Magic Leap.

His most recent literary effort is the climate fiction novel, Termination Shock, in which an eminent female protagonist tries to navigate economic, technological and political intrigue in a world subject to extreme weather events and high temperatures, even as an unexpected geo-engineering project becomes a catalyst for global turmoil. Geo-engineering approaches to climate (some are described here) have been controversial for years, but the MIT Technology Review reported this month that the topic was explored again at the White House, possibly entering suggesting an Overton window for the concept?

Neal Stephenson will be interviewed by Jason Pontin, partner at the deep tech fund DCVC. Jason is the former Editor-in-Chief of the MIT Technology Review and a major sci-fi aficionado. Neal will share his views on climate technologies, how he conducted research for his novel, what he thinks of the connection between technology, economics and politics, and how speculative fiction can contribute to our world.

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