Books Anathem by Neal Stephenson Paperback, 998 pages, HarperCollins, List Price: $16.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleAnathemAuthorNeal Stephenson Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary Raz, who has lived in a monastery since childhood, away from the violent upheavals of the outside world, becomes one of a group of formerly cloistered scholars who are appointed by a higher power to avert an impending disaster. Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy Fiction Also by Neal Stephenson Reamde Snow Crash Cryptonomicon The Diamond Age Seveneves See More Books Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Anathem Opinion 100 Best Books Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books August 11, 2011 More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.