I've been reading alot of sci-fi lately, thanks to my husband who has gotten me interested in the genre.
I really enjoyed this novel, both the ideas and writing style. I particularly identified with/longed for the modern Victoria life style as it was portrayed. And, I just love Stephenson's heroines/female characters -- they are so strong, intelligent, kick-ass, and complex.
The end of the book was pretty open-ended, which I realize was intentional, but I was wondering how others interpreted it. Specifically, I am curious about what Nell intends to do -- does she use the seed? Does she go back to Atlantis/resume the style of life, and incorporate the Han girls? What becomes of the seed in general?
I'm also curious about what the seed itself is. My husband suggested that it's a nanite based technology that is self-contained -- has its own plan/instructions/DNA -- that can mine/extract the elements/materials it needs to grow from its surroundings. This is the best theory I've been able to come up with.