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The Best Neal Stephenson Books

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List RulesVote for the Neal Stephenson novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Neal Stephenson books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Neal Stephenson is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Known for his excellent speculative fiction, his work is often classified as "cyberpunk" as well and he has also had non-fiction work published in magazines like Wired. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Neal Stephenson who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This is a list made up of books like Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash. What are Neal Stephenson's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • 1

    Reamde

    Neal Stephenson
    106
    10

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2

    Cryptonomicon

    Neal Stephenson
    112
    16

    First Published1999

    SubjectsLiterary, Computers, Espionage, Alan Turing, Cryptanalysis

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 3

    Snow Crash

    Neal Stephenson
    108
    14

    First Published1992-06

    SubjectsThe Internet, Computers, Cyberspace, Anarchism, Nanotechnology

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Cyberpunk, Postcyberpunk, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4

    The Diamond Age

    Neal Stephenson
    62
    8

    First Published1995

    SubjectsEncryption, Cult, Anarchism, Nanotechnology, Computer Science

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Cyberpunk, Postcyberpunk, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

  • 5

    Anathem

    Neal Stephenson
    64
    27

    First Published2008-09-09

    SubjectsPhilosophy, Mathematics

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

  • 6
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    Seveneves

    27
    5
  • 7
    28
    7

    First Published1988-05

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

  • 9

    Quicksilver

    Neal Stephenson
    25
    17

    First Published2003-09-23

    SubjectsAdventure, History, Great Britain

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Historical novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10

    Interface

    George Jewsbury, Neal Stephenson
    6
    2

    First Published1994-04-01

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure, Political fiction

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    20
    13

    First Published2004-09-21

    SubjectsHistory, Great Britain

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Fiction, Historical novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12

    The Confusion

    Neal Stephenson
    21
    18

    First Published2004

    SubjectsEspionage, France, Adventure, Piracy, History

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

  • 14

    SubjectsComputers

  • 15
    AmandaB1 added

    The D.O.D.O. File

    6
    4
  • 16

    The Big U

    Neal Stephenson, William Rollo
    6
    6

    First Published1984

    SubjectsUniversity life, Satire, Terrorism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17

    The Cobweb

    George Jewsbury, Neal Stephenson
    3
    4

    First Published1996

    SubjectsEspionage, Gulf War, George H. W. Bush, Chemical warfare, Tariq Aziz

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18

    The Mongoliad

    Nicole Galland, Neal Stephenson
    2
    8

    First Published2010

    SubjectsMiddle Ages

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