Study Guide

Snow Crash What's Up With the Title?

By Neal Stephenson

What's Up With the Title?

Pop Quiz: Snow Crash refers to:
a) a drug
b) a virus
c) a religion
d) all of the above

If you guessed d you're correct. The multiple meanings of the phrase, and their interconnections, are, like, the entire point of the book: Religion is a virus, both drugs and computer viruses can affect your brain and DNA, and holy crap we're all screwed when these tools get into the wrong hands. So many freakin' ideas come together in this book—linguistics! ancient Sumerian stuff! virtual reality!—that it makes plenty of sense to have a title that reflects the crazy conglomeration of concepts.