"I can understand how one might get this impression, since the novel does have some technically didactic material, but there is no grand scheme afoot here." That said, Cryptonomicon is merely one element in a much larger narrative design, Stephenson explains: "There is a big tangle of interrelated themes here: crypto, language, computers and money. It is pretty fertile ground and I have come up with a few possible story lines, set in different historical epochs. There is a future one that didn't fit into this novel, and another farther in the past that I'm playing around with now. Eventually I hope that these will make it into print as separate novels."
Users of the Metaverse gain access to it through personal terminals that project a high-quality virtual reality display onto goggles worn by the user, or from low-quality public terminals in booths (with the penalty of presenting a grainy black and white appearance). Stephenson also describes a sub-culture of people choosing to remain continuously connected to the Metaverse by wearing portable terminals, goggles and other equipment; they are given the sobriquet " gargoyles " due to their grotesque appearance. The users of the Metaverse experience it from a first person perspective .