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Idoru Hardcover – September 9, 1996
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The author of the ground-breaking science-fiction novels Neuromancer and Virtual Light returns with a fast-paced, high-density, cyber-punk thriller. As prophetic as it is exciting, Idoru takes us to 21st century Tokyo where both the promises of technology and the disasters of cyber-industrialism stand in stark contrast, where the haves and the have-nots find themselves walled apart, and where information and fame are the most valuable and dangerous currencies.
When Rez, the lead singer for the rock band Lo/Rez is rumored to be engaged to an "idoru" or "idol singer"--an artificial celebrity creation of information software agents--14-year-old Chia Pet McKenzie is sent by the band's fan club to Tokyo to uncover the facts. At the same time, Colin Laney, a data specialist for Slitscan television, uncovers and publicizes a network scandal. He flees to Tokyo to escape the network's wrath. As Chia struggles to find the truth, Colin struggles to preserve it, in a futuristic society so media-saturated that only computers hold the hope for imagination, hope and spirituality.
From Publishers Weekly
The founding father of cyberpunk again returns to the techno-decadent 21st century mapped in his other major works (Virtual Light, Neuromancer, etc.). As usual, Gibson offers a richly imagined tale that finds semi-innocents wading hip-deep into trouble. Colin Laney has taken a job in Japan to escape the revenge of his former employer, Slitscan, a kind of corporate gossip-mongerer on the Net that he has crossed out of scruples. Meanwhile, Chia Pet McKenzie is active in the fan clubs for Lo/Rez, a Japanese superstar rock duo; while visiting Japan to investigate some new rumors about the group, she is used to smuggle illegal nanoware to the Russian criminal underground. Both Laney and Chia get caught up in the intrigues swirling about the plans of Rez, one half of the band, to marry Rei Toei, an "idoru" (idol) who exists only in virtual reality. Gibson excels here in creating a warped but comprehensible future saturated with logical yet unexpected technologies. His settings are brilliantly realized, from high-tech hotel rooms and airplanes to the infamous Walled City of Kowloon. The pacing is slower than Virtual Light, but Gibson exhibits his greatest strength: intense speculation, expressed in dramatic form, about the near-term evolution and merging of cultural, social and technological trends, and how they affect character. Dark and disturbing, this novel represents no new departure for Gibson, but a further accretion of the insights that have made him the most precise, and perhaps the most prescient, visionary working in SF today. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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In this book, he describes a web that connects people all around the world. Fans of virtual idols. Social networks. Portable computers with virtual interfaces.
Besides what this may mean for us today, this is a fascinating book. With very well developed characters and a good plot. You can read this today in 2015 and it still feels like "the future". I guess not as it did back in the 90's, but it can be really fascinating.
The book seems rather prescient and beat a lot of others to the punch. A man falling in love with a machine that appears to be a woman was explored first in "Copelia", and this Novel predates the anime " Chobits". E story also explores the perverse nature of celebrity. This novel predates many of our contemporary celebrities -but you can spot some similarities.
The books in Gibson's Bridge Trilogy are:
1. Virtual Light
3. All Tomorrow's Parties
I remember seeing Cronkite on 3M's "21st Century" as a child - saw PCs, huge flat screens, 'smart' houses, cell phones, solar panels, for every home, and more clean, efficient and with style, too! Gibson is like that about the next "Tomorrow" .... good book. Just think, it will occur in your lifetime, too so ... watch the market! LOL