(urth) Neal Stephenson's Anathem

Fred Kiesche recursive_loop at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 22 17:55:54 PDT 2008

I was going to pick up the new Neal Stephenson tome (will it be a doorstop as well as tome?) when it comes out next month...especially after seeing this:


Anathem: (1) In  Proto- Orth, a poetic or musical invocation of Our 

Mother Hylaea, which since the time of Adrakhones has been the 

climax of the daily liturgy (hence the Fluccish word Anthem mean-

ing a song of great emotional resonance, esp. one that inspires lis-

teners to sing along). Note: this sense is archaic, and used only in a 

ritual context where it is unlikely to be confused with the much 

more commonly used sense 2. (2) In New Orth, an aut by which an 

incorrigible fraa or suur is ejected from the math and his or her 

work sequestered (hence the Fluccish word Anathema meaning in-

tolerable statements or ideas). See Throwback.

F.P. Kiesche III  "Ah Mr. Gibbon, another damned, fat, square book. Always, scribble, scribble, scribble, eh?" (The Duke of Gloucester, on being presented with Volume 2 of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.) Blogging at TexasBestGrok!

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