Fall; or, Dodge in Hell - Neal Stephenson

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

By Neal Stephenson

  • Release Date: 2019-06-04
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 205 Ratings)


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.

In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia.

One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.

In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.

But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .

Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.


  • Fall is excellent!!!

    By jaxonlover4evr
    Another fabulous and thought-provoking ride. I am SO happy Neal Stephenson is so hard-working and prolific! What a cool book...
  • Great start....

    By Friskey E
    ..... weak ending. Like many of Neal’s works I’m finding the premise of the novels intriguing, throughout compelling, the endings flat.
  • Fall or dodge in hell

    By aaabbbeeeccc
    Kind of started strong but fell into an overly long story of medieval fighting. Maybe it’s just me but this book has no ending that makes any sense.
  • The never ending quest

    By FedUpNKy
    Don’t waste your time.
  • Meh.

    By JoeStrout
    Good premise initially, but then just got too silly and unbelievable to take seriously. Yet not funny either. Have up halfway through, as it was just wasting my time.
  • Not an awful read, but not a great one either..

    There are some interesting portions of this book, but overall it seems like a story that’s still searching out its plot and drama. Things happen, the plot plods onward, but it’s not very engaging, and I kept turning the pages waiting for everything to line up and all the setup to matter. I got to the end and honestly it really didn’t.
  • Great read

    By maggiebb1
    A great read, and thoughtful. Absolutely worth reading, especially if you enjoyed the writing style of cryptonomicon or readme.
  • An Insult

    By Jeff Mastry
    The beginning was quite interesting, but the book quickly dissolves into false caricatures of southerners and religious people. Very disappointing.
  • Sophomoric Drivel

    By The Cragan
    So boring, preachy and full of plot holes that I will spend a great deal of time trying to forget it exists. Please read anything else from the author other than this. It honestly feels like the author is trolling his fans or has a vendetta against literacy.
  • Free Sample first chapter different than purchased one!

    By mikeromo
    Just a warning—if you read the first chapter for free as a sample and then buy the book, go back and reread it again! There is stuff missing in the free version! Loving it so far!