First Edition Points and Criteria for Snow Crash

Year Published: 1992
Author Last Name: Stephenson
Author First Name: Neal
Publisher: Bantam Books
Original Price: $22.00
Pages: 440

The hardcover and softcover of this science fiction classic were issued simultaneously, but the hardcover is far less common. Copyright page on the hardcover has full number line "FFG 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Hardcover has Maroon boards and dark blue cloth spine with silver lettering. Dust jacket has a review by William Gibson on the top of the front panel, and three reviews on the back - by Rudy Rucker, Timothy Leary, and James Morrow.

Snow Crash is one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels. Other Time 100 Novels include Possession and American Pastoral

Picture of the 1992 first edition dust jacket for Snow Crash.
Picture of the 1992 first edition dust jacket for Snow Crash.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Snow Crash.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Snow Crash.

Picture of dust jacket where original $22.00 price is found for Snow Crash.
Picture of dust jacket where original $22.00 price is found for Snow Crash.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Snow Crash.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Snow Crash.

Picture of the first edition Bantam Books boards for Snow Crash.
Picture of the first edition Bantam Books boards for Snow Crash.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Snow Crash.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Snow Crash.

Picture of the first edition title page for Snow Crash.
Picture of the first edition title page for Snow Crash.

The true first edition of Snow Crash is larger than the book club edition.  The true
The true first edition of Snow Crash is larger than the book club edition. The true first edition is 9.25 inches high by 6.25 inches wide, while the book club edition is 8.5 inches high by 5.75 inches wide.

The true first edition of Snow Crash has a set of two bar codes on the back of its dust
The true first edition of Snow Crash has a set of two bar codes on the back of its dust jacket - one for the ISBN and one for the price. But because the book club edition has no price, it only has a single ISBN bar code on the back of its dust jacket.

The first edition of Snow Crash is 440 pages, while the book club edition is 470 pages.
The first edition of Snow Crash is 440 pages, while the book club edition is 470 pages. Also, the book club edition we examined had an additional paragraph on the last page where the author explains "after the first publication of Snow Crash I learned that the term 'avatar' has actually been in use for a number of years..."

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