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

Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.


I enjoyed this time-travel novel. I saw a reader point out that although the cover says Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, the copyright page says only Neal Stephenson; they surmised that Galland was an editorial hand who reigned in Stephenson's worst excesses *cough*Seveneves*cough*.

Whatever the collaboration was, I definitely enjoyed reading the book, but think that there were some serious issues with the characters and the plot. And yes, at the end it is clear that it's a setup for an ongoing good guys / bad guys conflict using time travel to accomplish – or prevent – results, with widely-varying motivations.

I can't see Stephenson being interested in participating in that, though. It looks to me as though they're setting up another The Mongoliad, where a Big Name starts it out, and then lesser-known authors are invited to contribute stories to the universe in a neverending franchise.

And if that's the case, meh, no thanks, I'll pass.