An in-depth explanation of the Asherah virus, as described in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash

I finished Snow Crash a while back and was very pleased with the book. One aspect I found lacking was a discussion of the Asherah virus’ ( a key plot focus ) history, operation, place within the larger evolutionary scheme of human development.

I have made an attempt to qualify and describe the history and behavior of Asherah, _en_s, nam-shub, and the metavirus. If you’re a fan of Snow Crash, or if you’d like to reflect on some extranarrative ideas ancillary to the work, I invite you to read more at


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