Powers gets to the heart of every subject he touches. No, he doesn't. He bores into the soul of every subject he touches, and he carves a place in our hearts for his subjects.
Stephenson isn't trying to do that. He's trying to tell a really good story. A rollicking yarn, if you will.
And he does.
But it's funny you should draw that comparison. I just sent my sister Cryptonomicon and Plowing the Dark. I think they're good companion pieces, even though I would never compare the two writers, you know? Very different takes on relatively similar subjects.
~ ~ ~ All meetings end in separation All acquisition ends in dispersion All life ends in death - The Buddha