When you interfere with the past, there's no telling what you might find in your future ... In 1851 London's Crystal Palace hosts The Great Exhibition, showcasing the rise of technology and commerce, and alongside it, the decline of magic. Once powerful, now mere myth. Years later, Melisande Stokes, linguistics and languages expert, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy government agent, will rediscover magic and all its power, bringing about the creation of the Department of Diachronic Operations - D.O.D.O. D.O.D.O.'s mission is clear: to develop a device that will send their agents back in time to keep the magic alive ... and alter the course of history. Written with genius and complexity, this vividly realised novel will make you believe the impossible, and question the very foundations of the modern world.
Praise for The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: `A story that combines science, magic, history, and conspiracies into a genre-bending romp' Inverse `Those familiar with Stephenson will recognize his humor and ideas, while Galland brings a fresh and irresistible voice to this ambitious novel' Washington Post `The novel explores the boundary between magic and science with wit, intellectual intensity and panache' Financial Times `Big, roomy and enjoyable ... The characters are vibrant and the whole thing possesses heart and charm' Guardian Praise for Neal Stephenson: `Genius' Time `He makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin' The New York Times `Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century'William Gibson `[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway' Newsweek
Neal Stephenson is the author of Seveneves, Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Zodiac and the iconic Snow Crash, named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Nicole Galland is the author of six previous novels: Stepdog, Godiva, I, Iago, Crossed, Revenge of the Rose, and The Fool's Tale.