Neal Stephenson is an American writer, known for his fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk. Stephenson explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about science, technology, and culture. In the past he has worked part-time at Blue Origin and Intellectual Ventures Labs; he's currently Magic Leap's Chief Futurist. His new work, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O (co-written with Nicole Galland) will be published in June. Various screen adaptations of his books are in the works including a film project based on his most well-known novel Seveneves. Neal Stephenson has joined the line-up for this year's Techweek'17, and will be keynote speaker at Future Realities, a mixed reality and IoT (internet of Things) conference, in Wellington on May 10. Stephenson is also visiting New Zealand as part of the New Zealand Film Commission's GPS 2026 Project, which aims to spark discussion about the future of the screen industry.