And it’s called Anathem. It’s an interesting made-up word, reminiscent of both “anthem” and “anathema”. The marketing blurb:
Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians–sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, unpredictable “saecular” world that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms and busts, world wars and climate change. Until the day that a higher power, driven by fear, decides that only these cloistered scholars have the abilities to avert an impending catastrophe. And, one by one, Raz and his cohorts are summoned forth without warning into the Unknown.
Why do I feel like he’s writing about me and my friends?
Seriously, I can’t wait to get my hands on this.
If you want to ask Neal any questions about the book, the publisher is taking question submissions through today.