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Famed for his brilliant, wrist-taxing novels such as Anathem and Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson proves equally virtuosic at shorter lengths. The erudite essays in his first nonfiction collection cover disparate topics unified by the author's geeky enthusiasm. Laying trans-Pacific cable, the benefits of switching to a treadmill desk, the "innovation starvation" that plagues contemporary science fiction -- all these subjects and more are traversed with joy and insight.

July 26: On this day in 1602 "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke" was entered in the Stationers' Register by printer James Robertes.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.