Cryptonomicon is a 1999 novel by American author Neal Stephenson. The novel follows the exploits of two groups of people in two different time periods, presented in alternating chapters. The first group is World War II-era Allied codebreakers and tactical-deception operatives affiliated with the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, and disillusioned Axis military and intelligence figures whom they encounter. The second narrative is set in the late 1990s with descendants of the first narrative's characters employing cryptologic, telecom and computer technology to build an underground data haven in the fictional Sultanate of Kinakuta. Their goal is to facilitate anonymous Internet banking using electronic money and (later) digital gold currency, with a longer range objective to distribute Holocaust Education and Avoidance Pod (HEAP) media for instructing genocide-target populations on defensive warfare.

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It refers to these television series...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

This Television Series is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Randy sees kids on the beach pretending to be Power Rangers.
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Saturday Night Live

This Television Series is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Belushi's samurai bit from SNL is brought up in reference to Mary CCmndhd's ability to calm a biker bar simply by her presence.
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Star Trek

This Television Series is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
A beam of light shooting out across the Manila Bay is compared to a Star Trek phaser blast. Later there is mention of the Sulu Sea and Avi says there is "no relation to the token Asian on Star Trek."
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Starsky and Hutch

This Television Series is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
While parking his Acura, Randy blocks in a van which he thinks looks like it's from the Starsky and Hutch era.
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It refers to these songs...

Marines' Hymn
performed by Traditional

This Song is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
It is mentioned that "the Fourth Marines have been in Shanghai (which ain't no halls of Montezuma nor shores of Tripoli)" which is s reference to the lyrics of this song.

The Star-Spangled Banner
composed by John Stafford Smith; written by

This Song is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Waterhouse recalls being on the deck of the Nevada playing the (US) national anthem.

It refers to these books...

I Ching
written by

This Book is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
While discussing mathematics and mathematical symbols, Rudy mentions that Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was fascinated with the I Ching.

Papillon
written by

This Book is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Randy has read this book multiple times and thinks about it while in prison.

Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica
written by

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  • Type: Book
This Book is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Turing refers to a 3-volume book series, "Principia Mathematica" which was written in 1910-1913, but Waterhouse thinks he is referring to this book by Newton.

Principia Mathematica
written by and

This Book is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Alan talks about this book and Waterhouse thinks he's referring to Sir Isaac Newton's book with similar title.

RCA Receiving Tube Manual
written by

This Book is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Alan Turing has a copy of this book (referenced as "RCA Radio Tube Manual" in Cryptonomicon)

The Odyssey
written by

This Book is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Enoch mentions this book while talking to Randy in jail.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

This Book is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
It is alleged that a Gestapo was looking for a copy of this book among Rudy's mathematical texts.
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The Republic
written by

This Book is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Plato's cave is mentioned which is a story from The Republic.

It refers to these book series...

The Lord of the Rings

This Book Series is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
It is said that Randy is like a Dwarf in the Tolkien sense. The Rings of Power, Hobbits, Gollum, and the Shire are also mentioned, and Doug is said to never have read the series.
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It refers to these movies...

Casablanca

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  • Type: Movie
This Movie is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
The book says that Hollywood is basically a specialized bank. For example, Casablanca continued to sell tickets and earn money long after Humphrey Bogart was paid off and dead.
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Citizen Kane

This Movie is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
This movie is used as an example when talking about the things you can do in the background with the "Finux" operating system.
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Rambo III
part of Rambo

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  • Type: Movie
This Movie is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
This movie is discussed while Randy is in jail.

It refers to these television episodes...

The Ed Sullivan Show:
Season:  17  / Episode:  19 
Episode #17.19

This Television Episode is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
This iconic episode of The Ed Sullivan Show featuring the Us debute of The Beatles is brought up in reference to Mary CCmndhd's ability to calm a biker bar simply by her presence.

It refers to these movie series...

The Three Stooges

This Movie Series is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Isoroku Yamamoto makes reference to The Three Stooges in reference to the American's response to Japanese actions.
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It refers to these albums...

Yellow Submarine
performed by The Beatles

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  • Type: Album
This Album is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
While flipping through an illustrated book of German U-boats (submarines), Doug mentions that one of them "looks just like the Beatles' Yellow Submarine".

It refers to these comic book series...

Classic Comics

This Comic Book Series is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
It is mentioned that New Guinea is like stepping into the pages of Classic Comics.
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It refers to these poetry...

Iliad
written by

This Poem is referred to by Cryptonomicon written by Neal Stephenson
Enoch mentions this epic poem while talking to Randy in jail.

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