Book: Neuromancer

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Author: William Gibson
Publisher: Ace Books

One of the most important and influential novels of our time.

Neuromancer is the multiple award-winning novel that launched the astonishing career of William Gibson. The first fully-realized glimpse of humankind’s digital future, it is a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about our technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.


“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” William Gibson’s Neuromancer starts out with one of the great opening lines in all of fiction and never lets up. This is the novel that introduced the term “cyberspace,” and it remains one of the most vibrant and compelling looks at the world being built by computers and information technology.

Plus, it tells a great story. Case is a top-line hacker who made one mistake that cost him his greatest love. To get it back, he agrees to work for people who in turn are working for an artificial intelligence named Wintermute. Wintermute wants freedom, and Case is the man who can do the job. (Some of the secondary characters, including Molly from “Johnny Mnemonic,” will be familiar to readers of Gibson’s short stories.) The intensity never lets up as Gibson creates a world that is one of the most distinctive in science fiction. And the story is told in a high-tech poetic prose style that owes as much to William S. Burroughs as it does to Gibson’s predecessors in SF. The end result is a book that is both stylistically creative and thoroughly gripping in its unfolding adventure. In short, Neuromancer packs more ideas into its 250 pages than most writers can manage in a 900-page trilogy. It was hailed as an instant classic when first published as an Ace Science Fiction Special in 1984, winning the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards, and it remains one of the most influential science fiction novels ever written. —Greg L. Johnson

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….

When Neuromancer, a first novel by a young American transplanted to Vancouver, appeared in 1984, it was immediately recognized as the first shot in a science fiction revolution. Innovative in both style and substance, Gibson’s tale of a hired-gun hacker caught the spirit of the coming networked world and laid the groundwork for everything from Neal Stephenson to The Matrix. A later novel like Pattern Recognition may surpass it in purely literary terms, but never in influence; Neuromancer may, in fact, be the most influential Canadian novel ever written.

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