- Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Revised edition (October 1, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441089348
- ISBN-13: 978-0441089345
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Burning Chrome Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1987
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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.
William Gibson's supreme achievements are his shorter works. His characteristic clarity, intensity, and New Wave Romanticism show best advantage in his novelettes....pure gold. -- Locus
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I've read this book at least 5 times over the past 10 years, and at different points in my own life almost every individual story has been my favorite story from the collection at one point or another, as my own perspective and interests change over the years. This is the highest praise I can give a short story collection.
If you haven't read anything by William Gibson, this is the perfect place to start, since the stories are brief and accessible. Johnny Mnemonic and Burning Chrome give the best preview of his later work. But I'm very enamored of New Rose Hotel and Fragments of a Hologram Rose. It's amazing how prescient they seem now; it feels like the events depicted could happen in the next five years, possibly sooner.
If you are already familiar with Gibson's work and haven't read Burning Chrome yet, what the hell is wrong with you?!? Drop everything and read it now.
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.
One other factor that makes Gibson's work stand above others in the this genre is his descriptive powers. He paints a very realistic seeming world that is very visual but he doesn't bog down the narrative while doing so. When I start reading his stuff, I rarely find myself knocked out of the story by the text. Cool!