Obama puts ‘Seveneves’ on summer reading list

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“Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson. (Credit: William Morrow)

Seattle science-fiction author Neal Stephenson’s tale about the moon’s destruction and what happens next,“Seveneves,” has won a place on President Barack Obama’s summer reading list.

Obama, who’s beginning his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, isn’t the only one who has put Stephenson’s 880-page novel on a short list. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates put it on hissummer reading list in May. And let the record show that I featured the 2015 book in my holiday book guide last December.

“Seveneves” is the latest dense-with-detail saga from the author of “Snow Crash,” “The Diamond Age,” “Cryptonomicon,” “Anathem,” “Reamde” and the Baroque Cycle.

Obama might want to pay attention to what happens to the fictional U.S. president after she finds out that the moon has been blasted apart and Earth appears doomed. (Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.)

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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