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  1. Neal Stephenson, Termination Shock

    With his string of bestselling novels, Neal Stephenson has carved out a space at the forefront of contemporary fiction, exploring and shaping our cultural imaginary about the future and how it might feel to inhabit it. In his latest novel, Termination Shock, Stephenson explores one of the most pressing global issues of our time—climate change. Frustrated by the inaction of the world’s nations and international institutions, billionaire restaurant chain magnate T.R. Schmidt hatches an audacious plan to use massive guns to blast huge quantities of sulfur into the upper atmosphere from his remote West Texas ranch.

    With Termination Shock comes entertainment that also poses profound real-world questions: When will the world take the urgent action on climate change that is needed? What is the role of technology in this fight? Is there a role for motivated billionaires? How will their efforts interact with democratic processes and regimes of global governance? What if the answers are unconventional…and potentially dangerous?

    Join Future Tense in conversation with Stephenson on Wednesday, December 1 at 4 pm Eastern to discuss these pressing questions, his latest work, and what the future holds.

    Speakers:

    Neal Stephenson, @nealstephenson Author, Termination Shock

    Ed Finn, @zonal Director, Center for Scie…

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  2. Neal Stephenson and Francis Fukuyama discuss Stephenson’s new book, “Termination Shock”

    American Purpose presents: Neal Stephenson and Francis Fukuyama discuss Stephenson’s new book, "Termination Shock".

    Neal Stephenson is an American writer of science fiction, speculative fiction, cyber punk, and other related genres. Termination Shock is his 13th book. His 1992 novel Snow Crash became a cult classic in Silicon Valley thanks to its imaginings of the wired, virtual world we now inhabit. Stephenson has served as an advisor to a number of future-oriented companies, including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.

    Francis Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of American Purpose. He is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), director of the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy program, and Mosbacher Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, all at Stanford University. His most recent book is Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (2018).

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