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Neuromancer Hardcover – July 1, 1994
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Here is the novel that started it all, launching the cyberpunk generation, and the first novel to win the holy trinity of science fiction: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. With Neuromancer, William Gibson introduced the world to cyberspace--and science fiction has never been the same.
Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway--jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way--and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance--and a cure--for a price....
Kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy, and decadent...an amazing virtuoso performance...Neuromancer, in every sense, is state-of-the-art. -- The Washington Post
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I first read Neuromancer in 1998, and it felt prophetic then. That hasn't changed. Even as real-world technology and society evolves, Neuromancer manages to keep pace. It's 2014 and Neuromancer is just as relevant and thought-provoking today as it was when it was first published way back in 1984. Aside from the conspicuous absence of cellular devices, the setting so brilliantly wrought in the novel still seems like it's just a couple of miles down the road, in our future. My not-yet-teenage kids could someday visit Chiba City and bump into Case or Molly Millions- Gibson makes it so easy to imagine. Neuromancer is a masterpiece of science fiction and, I would argue, English language literature in general. It is just as satisfying and immersive today, after many reads, as it was the first time I read it.
If you end up reading Neuromancer and enjoy it, I highly recommend the other books in Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, and the three of the short stories in the collection Burning Chrome. Gibson's next three novels, known collectively as the Bridge Trilogy are good, but pale in comparison. That said, Gibson's "good" is most other contemporary and current authors' best.
The opening line of Necromancer is often cited as an example of creative writing. Rather than opening with "It was a dark and stormy night" Gibson introduces us to his world with, "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
""It's not like I'm using," Case heard someone say, as he shouldered his way through the crowd around the door of the Chat. "It's like my body's developed this massive drug deficiency." It was a Sprawl voice and a Sprawl joke. The Chatsubo was a bar for professional expatriates; you could drink there for a week and never hear two words in Japanese...."
Welcome to the Sprawl...