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Announcing POLOSTAN, on sale October 15, 2024

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Termination Shock and Cryptonomicon, the first installment in a monumental new series—an expansive historical epic of intrigue and international espionage, presaging the dawn of the Atomic Age.

The first installment in Neal Stephenson’s Bomb Light cycle, Polostan follows the early life of the enigmatic Dawn Rae Bjornberg. Born in the American West to a clan of cowboy anarchists, Dawn is raised in Leningrad after the Russian Revolution by her Russian father, a party line Leninist who re-christens her Aurora. She spends her early years in Russia but then grows up as a teenager in Montana, before being drawn into gunrunning and revolution in the streets of Washington, D.C., during the depths of the Great Depression. When a surprising revelation about her past puts her in the crosshairs of U.S. authorities, Dawn returns to Russia, where she is groomed as a spy by the organization that later becomes the KGB.

Set against the turbulent decades of the early twentieth century, Polostan is an inventive, richly detailed, and deeply entertaining historical epic, and the start of a captivating new series from Neal Stephenson.


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Announcing Termination Shock

Termination Shock

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an astonishingly visionary new thriller.


Termination Shock takes readers on a thrilling, chilling visit to our not-too-distant future – a world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics.


One man has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet – and all of humanity – should it be applied?


Termination Shock sounds a clarion alarm, ponders potential solutions and dire risks, and wraps it all together in an exhilarating, witty, mind-expanding speculative adventure.


On sale November 16th, Termination Shock is available for pre-order wherever books are sold.







Come out and meet Neal

Come out and meet Neal and get your book signed during his tour for FALL; OR, DODGE IN HELL (on sale June 4). Details here and below.

Signed editions available at &


My new novel, FALL, OR DODGE IN HELL, goes on sale in June 2019 in the USA. Info on tour & signed copies to follow. In the meantime, here’s the link to pre-order and learn more.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O will be available in paperback on April 17th, 2018!

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O will be available in paperback on April 17th, 2018! 

Order your copy of this New York Times bestselling novel today:

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

I am pleased and proud that my collaboration with Nicole Galland, _The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O._, is now out in print!


The book tour has wound down, and in classic introvert fashion I am recharging my batteries in solitude and beginning to turn my thoughts toward future projects. In the meantime, my friends at Lithive have set up a community site for SEVENEVES. You can go there to see technical drawings, a bonus illustration of Endurance, and a “making of” video, as well as other goodies that might be rolled out in the future.


Congratulations to Blue Origin! Gradatim Ferociter.

Read the first 26 pages of Seveneves


Part One


The Age of the One Moon


The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason. It was waxing, only one day short of full. The time was 05:03:12 UTC. Later it would be designated A+0.0.0, or simply Zero.

     An amateur astronomer in Utah was the first person on Earth to realize that something unusual was happening. Moments earlier, he had noticed a blur flourishing in the vicinity of the Reiner Gamma formation, near the moon’s equator. He assumed it was a dust cloud thrown up by a meteor strike. He pulled out his phone and blogged the event, moving his stiff thumbs (for he was high on a mountain and the air was as cold as it was clear) as fast as he could to secure the claim to himself. Other astronomers would soon be pointing their telescopes at the same dust cloud—might be doing it already! But—supposing he could move his thumbs fast enough—he would be the first to point it out. The fame would be his; if the meteorite left behind a visible crater, perhaps it would even bear his name.

     His name was forgotten. By the time he had gotten his phone out of his pocket, his crater no longer existed. Nor did the moon.

     When he pocketed his phone and put his eye back to the eyepiece of his telescope, he let out a curse, since all he saw was a tawny blur. He must have knocked the telescope out of focus. He began to twiddle the focus knob. This didn’t help.

     Finally he pulled back from the telescope and looked with his naked eyes at the place where the moon was supposed…