If you've read The Diamond Age, you know that Stephenson made science fiction suddenly matter again. If sci-fi isn't your thing, maybe you read Cryptonomicon and marveled at his ability to write an intelligent thriller. Or maybe you were blown away by Stephenson's hugely ambitious historical epic, The Baroque Cycle. Whatever the genre, he's one of the best writers in the Northwest, and he's making a rare public appearance to read from his newest book, Anathem. (University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, 634-3400. 7 pm, $5.)

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