On Snow Crash, Sumer, and a Virtual Rape

Second life, by all accounts, is inspired directly by Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. So I sat down to read it the other day, and indeed, many parts of the novel do read like what I’ve experienced in Second Life. But what really interested me in the book was a part that not many people (to my knowledge) have commented on – that is, the connections Stephenson makes with Sumerian language and culture. I am by no means an expert on Sumer. My period of interest is roughly 3000 years later. In his book, for the purposes of the narrative, Stephenson … Continue reading On Snow Crash, Sumer, and a Virtual Rape