I will probably be offline starting September 9th
Anathem, Stephenson’s ninth novel, is set for release on September 9. The Nealosphere, of course, is over the top with anticipation.
Set on a planet called Arbe (pronounced „arb”), Anathem documents a civilization split between two cultures: an indulgent Saecular general population (hooked on casinos, shopping in megastores, trashing the environmentsound familiar?) and the super-educated cohort known as the avaunt, or „auts,” who live a monastic existence defined by intellectual activity and circumscribed rituals.
Freed from the pressures of pedestrian life, the avaunt view time differently. Their societythe „mathic” worldis clustered in walled-off areas known as concents built around giant clocks designed to last for centuries. The avaunt are separated into four groups, distinguished by the amount of time they are isolated from the outside world and each other. Unarians stay inside the wall for a year. Decenarians can venture outside only once a decade. Centenarians are locked in for a hundred years, and Millennarianslong-lifespanners who are endowed with Yoda-esque wisdomemerge only in years ending in triple zeros.