Pizza In 30 Minutes, Or The Delivery Guy Dies
Snow Crash has a strong opening. Whether or not the rest of the novel is good, I can’t say. But I will say that the first 50 pages were outstanding.
The setting is a futuristic society. The main character’s name is pretty awesome: “Hiro Protagonist.” His job? He’s a hacker and pizza delivery driver known as “The Deliverator.”
The pizza delivery company that The Deliverator works for is owned by the mafia–led by a guy named Uncle Enzo. If a driver delivers the pizza late–over 30 minutes–they die. Literally.
Here’s the passage from the book that explains it:
If the thirty-minute deadline expires, news of the disaster is flashed to CosaNostra Pizza Headquarters and relayed from there to Uncle Enzo himself–the Sicilian Colonel Sanders, the Andy Griffith of Bensonhurst, the straight razor-swinging figment of many a Deliverator’s nightmares, the Capo and prime figurehead of CosaNostra Pizza, Incorporated–who will be on the phone to the customer within five minutes, apologizing profusely. The next day, Uncle Enzo will land on the customer’s yard in a jet helicopter and apologize some more and give him a free trip to Italy–all he has to do is sign a bunch of releases that make him a public figure and spokesperson for CosaNostra Pizza and basically end his private life as he knows it. He will come away from the whole thing feeling that, somehow, he owes the Mafia a favor.
The Deliverator does not know for sure what happens to the driver in such cases, but he has heard some rumors….But he wouldn’t drive for CosaNostra Pizza any other way. You know why? Because there’s something about having your life on the line.
That should give you a feel for the style of writing and story in Snow Crash. So far, I’m a fan.
It’s funny. It’s casual. It’s creative.
What do you think?