Big U by Neal Stephenson. Vintage Books, New York. September 1984. First Edition. no later printings listed. paperback. There was no hardcover edition printed before or simultanious to this edition. Not Ex-Library, Not Facsimile, Not Print on Demand.
This is Neal Stephenson's first published book. "If George Orwell had written a novel more like Animal House (the movie) than like Animal Farm (the book), and if Orwell were a young American whose early twenties were spent in the 1980's, and if Orwell counted among his concernsthe origins of consciousness in the brakdown of the bicameral mind, Dungeons & Dragons, computer piracy, and heavy-metal rock verses Bach fugues, the result would perhaps have been comparable to the Big U. (the back cover of the book)
PAperback with one crease at the bottom edge of the front cover. The tips of the cover and pages slightly bumped. Very light edge wear. There is slight dust soiling on the top edge of the pages. There are some surface scrapes to the back cover. Now the plus: This book has never been read. Binding is absolututely tight with lots of spring and absolutely NO CREASING TO THE SPINE, no looseness to the pages or binding. Ordinarily, Iwould take a picture of the title and copyright page of the book, but it is too problematic to hold this book open far enough for such photographs. AH23b