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Neuromancer Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1986
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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....
“Freshly imagined, compellingly detailed, and chilling in its implications.”—The New York Times
“Kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy, decadent...an amazing virtuoso performance.”—The Washington Post
“[Gibson]...invented the future with Neuromancer.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A mindbender of a read...fully realized in its geopolitical, technological, and psychosexual dimensions.”—Village Voice
“Science fiction of exceptional texture and vision.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Unforgettable...The richness of Gibson's world is incredible.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Here is an entirely new world, intense as an electric shock. William Gibson's prose, astonishing in its clarity and skill, becomes high-tech electric poetry...An enthralling adventure story, as brilliant and coherent as a laser. This is why science fiction was invented!”—Bruce Sterling
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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.
I think his story isn't "EPIC" by all means. Its scope is decidedly small. There are no hulking, destructive forces knocking down buildings, no gigantic battlefield that momentously decides the fate of some race or another. When a conflict presents itself, it's usually subversive in nature and play themselves out in individual, ground level. Gibson's Neuromancer was definitely quality over quantity for me in that, the little substance he offers all play a role in fleshing out his high-definition world. Even the details and quips that seem irrelevant all serve to give the book a direction. A direction that's very interesting the whole way through because it seems to thrive in a vacuum.
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Remarkable for the time it was written that hacking is strikingly familiar and understandable.