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Zodiac (1988) is Neal Stephenson's second novel, which tells the story of an environmentalist uncovering a conspiracy involving industrialist pollutors and bicameral minded Satanists in the Boston Harbor. The "Zodiac" of the title refers to the brand of inflatable motor boats the hero uses to get around the city efficiently. His opponents attempt to frame him as an ecoterrorist. Neal Stephenson (b. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Environmentalism is activism aimed at improving the environment, particularly nature. ... Pollution is the release of harmful environmental contaminants, or the substances so released. ... The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1976) is a controversial work of popular psychology by Julian Jaynes in which he proposes that consciousness emerged relatively recently in human history. ... Categories: Stub | Massachusetts geography | Boston ... The term eco-terrorism is a neologism which has been used to describe acts of violence (as in violence against property), sabotage and/or property damage which are ostensibly motivated by concern for the natural environment. ...

The protagonist is modelled after eco-activist Marco Kaltofen, who did such things as plug illegal outflow pipes as portrayed in the book.

Trivia: The character Hiro Protagonist from Snow Crash is mentioned (not by name) as the boyfriend of one of the background characters (as the boyfriend who keeps the samurai swords in the trunk of his car).

ISBN 0553573861, ISBN 2207252647, ISBN 0871131811

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Zodiac - MSN Encarta (328 words)
Zodiac, imaginary belt in the celestial sphere, extending about 8° on either side of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun among the stars.
The width of the zodiac was determined originally so as to include the orbits of the Sun and Moon and of the five planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) that were known to the people of ancient times.
The names of the zodiacal signs are Aries, the Ram; Taurus, the Bull; Gemini, the Twins; Cancer, the Crab; Leo, the Lion; Virgo, the Virgin; Libra, the Balance; Scorpio, the Scorpion; Sagittarius, the Archer; Capricorn, the Goat; Aquarius, the Water Bearer; and Pisces, the Fishes.
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