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Mindplayers (Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition) Paperback – 2000

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  • Series: Gollancz SF Collectors' Editions
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing; New Ed edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575071362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575071360
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,006,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Thompson on March 15, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pat Cadigan's MindPlayers was one of the first "sci-fi" books I read, and I fell in love with it. All the characters have their own unique quirks and personality traits, but my favorite two characters were the twins, Dolby and Dolan. Each time I read Mindplayers, I find something that I missed the last time I read the book. The creative aspects of the characters is the best part of the story. It is noteworthy that almost every character within the book has an altered appearance; no one seems to be as they were at birth. Onionheads are especially interesting, although they get only a mention. Pat Cadigan has had to endure television and movie ripoffs of some of the details within Mindplayers, but this book remains a classic and the first of its kind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By greenwise design on August 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This medium-sized 'sci-fi implosion' novel could give you a bit of a head-ache. But it will be a good one; a worthwhile one. It comments on our present, shared reality, through the wary portrayal of a different one. I had read 'Tea from an Empty Cup' and was expecting another wry Cadigan 'glimpse with insights' into a more credible VR future, where young kids and cyberpunks mess around with technology and come up gasping....and where negative aspects of technology (abuse?) are encountered and (if somewhat slightly) dramatised....I was aware of her weaknesses with this other book; that she sacrfices truly involving/unsettling story-telling with a reliance on a cynical observational style which also thins her other characters....Although, this she counters with some great ideas and unexpected surprises (two more vital ingredients for sci-fi?)....plus clever humour, weaned from the exclusive use of such a style.

Well, I was right and wrong with Mindplayers. It is her usual tone; a smartass narrator that enables her to be world-weary towards advanced technology that is threatening our precious ideas about personal identity and humanity, and is full of addictive undertones and dependencies (proper, relevant sci-fiction and 'Cyberpunk'). For 1987, this automatically makes it interesting and ensures it an important, accessible (and more realistic than others) position in the canon....But what was really impressive was the way, in Mindplayers, she actually side-steps technology by using the conceit of hooking up mind to mind, and presenting a new future where this form of telepathy (albeit machine-enabled) is changing things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Mintah on July 28, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mindplayers is one of the best books I have ever read, sci-fi or otherwise. Pat Cadigan has a brilliant imagination. She tries her best to keep up with it. Her writing is a bit haphazard, but very good overall. Mindplayers is set in the future, where Mindplay has changed society for better or worse. Differing degrees of Mindplay require professionals to assist those engaging in it. One of these professionals is Deadpan Allie (love that play on words). Allie is a former layabout who has been recruited to become a professional Mindplayer. The strange characters she meets and weird situations she is in mesmerize the reader. There is also a lot of philosophy for the reader to chew on.

Recommended for sci-fi/fantasy fans. No graphic sex or violence. I also recommend Dervish is Digital, another sci-fi treasure by Cadigan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not sure what to think of this book, but it was quite impressive. There are a lot of innovative ideas here as well as a (at least) reasonable story line. For my money a lot better than "Tea from an empty cup". Well deserves to be reprinted.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAME on November 5, 2001
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Pat Cadigan made her mark in the 1980's as one of the finest writers of science fiction with her legendary short fiction and excellent novels such as "Mindplayers". Long out of print, this slender tome is one of the finest works of cyberpunk fiction; happily it is now back in print. Cadigan writes edgy, streetwise prose as carefully crafted as any by William Gibson; however, she does a better job in creating vivid, fascinating characters such as Deadpan Allie, the protagonist of "Mindplayers". Without a doubt, this could be a great psychological science fiction thriller akin to "Dark City" if anyone in Hollywood was clever enough to acquire the film rights to Cadigan's superb first novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1997
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Another great cyberpunk novel by Pat Cadigan. It's worth the extra effort necessary to acquire this out-of-print book. Imagine a future where you entire personality can be rewritten like a software program. You can even become insane for a while if you desire. By popping out your custom-made "biogem" eyes and linking up with another person, intimacy is redefined. I finished this book a week ago and am still thinking about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Marcinko on December 5, 1997
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Pat Cadigan's MINDPLAYERS is one of my favorite SF novels, & I challenge anybody to read the first couple of pages without finishing the book. Her ideas about designer personalities are fascinating (and they predate Prozac by several years!). Best of all, she writes with a voice like no other: sly, subversive, seductive.
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