Neal Stephenson

My collection here includes all of his earlier novels in American editions. It does not include his short stories or many magazine articles.


The Big UThe Big UThe Big U

The Big U
NY: 1984 Vintage Books


The first edition of Neal Stephenson's first book, which was issued as a trade paperback. Mr. Stephenson originally refused to allow this book to be reprinted, although I think it is excellent. Shown is the front cover, the back cover, and the front of the uncorrected proof (the back cover is blank.)


ZodiacZodiacZodiac - frontZodiac - back

NY: 1988 Atlantic Monthly Press


Author's second book, also a trade paperback original.


Snow CrashSnow CrashSnow CrashSnow Crash

Snow Crash
NY: May 15, 1992 Bantam Books


Author's third book, and his first science fiction novel. The hardcover is the big kahuna of a Stephenson collection, as they are very scarce. It was issued simultaneously in a trade paperback edition.



with George J. Frederick writing as
Stephen Bury

NY: 1994 Bantam Books


The proof in red printed wrappers is the only such copy I've heard of. From various clues it appears to be precede the edition in tan wrappers.


The Diamond AgeThe Diamond AgeThe Diamond AgeThe Diamond Age

The Diamond Age
NY: 1995 Bantam Books


Winner of the 1996 Hugo Award for best novel, and a 1995 Nebula nominee.


The CobwebThe Cobweb

The Cobweb
with George J. Frederick writing as
Stephen Bury

NY: 1996 Bantam Books





NY: 1999 Bantam Books




In The BeginningIn The Beginning

In the Beginning Was the Command Line
NY: Nov 9, 1999 Avon Books


This is a review copy, with a letter from the publisher laid in, which is how I know the exact publication date. The letter states that Stephenson is writing his next book, Quicksilver, with a fountain pen.


Updated 4 May 2002