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Ten brilliant, streetwise, high-resolution stories from the man who coined the word cyberspace. Gibson's vision has become a touchstone in the emerging order of the 21st Century, from the computer-enhanced hustlers of Johnny Mnemonic to the technofetishist blues of Burning Chrome. With their vividly human characters and their remorseless, hot-wired futures, these stories are simultaneously science fiction at its sharpest and instantly recognizable Polaroids of the postmodern condition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In his enthusiastic description of the '30s and '40s "moderne" style of industrial design (featured in one of these stories), Gibson might be writing about his own work: "The change was only skin-deep; under the streamlined chrome shell, you'd find the same Victorian mechanism . . . . It was all a stage set, a series of elaborate props for playing at living in the future." That dexterous, shallow artifice has won Gibson awards and fervent fans (especially for his first novel, Neuromancer but beneath it is something old, worn and tired. Thus "Johnny Mnemonic," whose body computer stores secret information, is just a variation of Mr. Memory from The 39 Steps. Gibson's gangsters, corrupt industrialists, young techies and lowlifes eager to belong to any in-group that will have them, are cliches without conviction. This weak collection of 10 short stories seems to have been rushed out to cash in on Gibson's current popularity. Paperback rights to Berkley.
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A splendid collection of short stories that resonate with the current trend of technology. The collection provides a variety of unique settings and characters which ensure that the... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Parker Ramsey
I have been an avid Sci-Fi reader for 20 years. This is one of the best, if not the very best collection of short stories I've ever read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HaloBen
Gibson's noteworthy early anthology is of short stories. It is always startling to try to get into the narration in future speak. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Walter C. Boutwell
This is where cyberpunk began. This collection of stories birthed the settings, character archetypes and tropes that have defined the cyberpunk genre for decades since. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Foobimaxicus
Artfully written and a quick read. I enjoyed the retro future style and just the overall feeling of the stories.Published 4 months ago by NatalieDawn
Book arrive in no time, as described. I love William Gibson so it was a win-win for me.Published 8 months ago by Rickey H. Moore
The birth of Cyberpunk can be seen here. Gibson revolutionized science fiction in ways that are still reverberating and shaping our world. Read morePublished 8 months ago by P. Steele
This book is a collection of short stories by Gibson and various collaborators. The stories are fine for the most part, but I am just not a short story guy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Allen King