- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (July 29, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060539828
- ISBN-13: 978-0060539825
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 the Audio CD edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The idea behind many stories is "high tech / low life," telling stories of people who'd stepped out of the slums, denizens of the underworld, a world where even the residents of a derelict space station in the story "Red Star, Winter Orbit" seem as shabby and rundown as the station they inhabit. But at the end, all of the stories here (and one might argue, all stories in general) are ultimately about people and their struggle with the world contrasted against their struggles with themselves and each other.
I liked the three last stories in the anthology the best, with "Dogfight," written in collaboration with Michael Swanwick, being possibly the most depressing story I'd ever read. It's also one of the best.
No sentence is ordinary; details flourish; cyberjoints crack. If you like SF, if you like cyberpunk, if you like good stories ... read this book.
I have read Gibson's (much) more recent work, Pattern Recognition, and greatly enjoyed it. However, Pattern Recognition is a novel and the pacing is excellent. Perhaps this is a gripe I have with the format of short stories in general, but I always felt unsatisfied with the brevity of these (Burning Chrome's) selections. I read the entire book in a sitting, so I did not have a lot of time to mull over each story (something I will probably not do next time I read a short story collection).
Overall, I gave it 3 Stars: It's okay. I was entertained, and I really loved the settings that Gibson situated his stories in, but I wanted to spend more time in them.
But, if your taste run to short stories and sci-fi, you will not want to miss this one. enjoy.
To my knowledge there is no Movie adaptation that makes justice to the future that Gibson depicts in his stories. If you are into cyberpunk, tech noir or like Shadowrun o Nirvana (the movie, not the grunge band) I pretty sure you will enjoy this book.