The Rise And Fall Of D.o.d.o.: A Novel

The Rise And Fall Of D.o.d.o.: A Novel


From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.

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  • 001 The Rise and Fall of DODO
    Duration: 57s
  • 002 Part One, Diachronicle, Preamble
    Duration: 43min
  • 003 Diachronicle, Days 57-221
    Duration: 46min
  • 004 Diachronicle Day 221
    Duration: 35min
  • 005 Diachronicle, Days 222-244
    Duration: 19min
  • 006 Diachronicle, Day 290
    Duration: 36min
  • 007 Diachronicle, Day 294
    Duration: 34min
  • 008 Diachronicle, Day 294 Cont'd
    Duration: 23min
  • 009 Diachronicle, Days 295-304
    Duration: 51min
  • 010 Part Two, Materializing was far
    Duration: 43min
  • 011 Having finished the maize
    Duration: 36min
  • 012 Diachronicle, Day 323
    Duration: 31min
  • 013 Diachronicle, Day 335
    Duration: 32min
  • 014 Letter from Grainne to Grace O'Malley
    Duration: 01h02min
  • 015 Diachronicle, Day 352
    Duration: 36min
  • 016 Journal Entry of Rebecca East Oda, August 1
    Duration: 32min
  • 017 Diachronicle, Days 380-389
    Duration: 30min
  • 018 Letter from Grainne to Grace O'Malley
    Duration: 01h23s
  • 019 Diachronicle, Day 390
    Duration: 16min
  • 020 Diachronicle, Days 391-436
    Duration: 33min
  • 021 Part Three, Excerpts from Senate
    Duration: 34min
  • 022 About Me
    Duration: 14min
  • 023 Diachronicle, Day 584
    Duration: 25min
  • 024 DODO White Paper
    Duration: 21min
  • 025 After Action Report
    Duration: 34min
  • 026 After Action Report
    Duration: 36min
  • 027 Diachronicle
    Duration: 28min
  • 028 Diachronicle, Day 891
    Duration: 20min
  • 029 Part Four, Incident Report
    Duration: 31min
  • 030 Diachronicle, Day 1800
    Duration: 31min
  • 031 Letter on Parchment, Handwritten in Latin by Professional Scribe
    Duration: 18min
  • 032 Letter from Grainne to Grace O'Malley
    Duration: 24min
  • 033 After Action Report
    Duration: 19min
  • 034 Post by Dr Melisande Stokes
    Duration: 22min
  • 035 Grainne's Final Letter to Grace O'Malley
    Duration: 34min
  • 036 Incident Report
    Duration: 42min
  • 037 Diachronicle, Day 1920
    Duration: 40min
  • 038 Journal Entry of Rebecca East Oda, November 13
    Duration: 38min
  • 039 Part Five, Diachronicle, Day 1945
    Duration: 56min
  • 040 Journal Entry of Rebecca East Oda, Friday After Thanksgiving
    Duration: 46min
  • 041 Diachronicle
    Duration: 31min
  • 042 Entry from Personal Journal of Karpathy Erszebet
    Duration: 54min
  • 043 Diachronicle
    Duration: 49min
  • 044 Credits
    Duration: 51s