Neuromancer Author:William Gibson 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 th... more »e way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.
Now, for the first time, Ace Books is proud to present this groundbreaking literary achievement in a new trade paperback edition.
Winner of science fiction's 'Triple Crown'--the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards.
Includes the special afterword Gibson wrote for the 10th anniversary hardcover edition published by Ace
"A mind-bender of a read." --The Village Voice
"Freshly imagined, compellingly detailed, and chilling in its implications." --New York Times
"Kaleidoscopic, picaresque, flashy and decadent...an amazing virtuoso performance." --Washington Post
"It made me want to live in its world." --San Francisco Chronicle
"A revolutionary novel." --Publishers Weekly
"Gibson is tapped straight into our collective cultural mainline and shows no sign of stopping." --Spin
"Gibson has revitalized science fiction as no other single force in a generation." --Rolling Stone
"Epic in scale." --Wall Street Journal
"The quintessence of cyberpunk." --Washington Post Book World« less
Published in 1984, Gibson describes a Blade Runner type world complete with a matrix that humans jack-in-to for a virtual experience. This is years before Matrix films were created and released. Gibson even developed his own realistic "techno" language years before on-line world took off.
The biggest difficulty I had is Gibson's extensive use of this language. It adds to the story to make it more real, but slows the read and makes it at times hard to understand.
After hearing about this book for years, I finally had a chance to read it - and was a bit disappointed. While I will always appreciate this novel as the one that kicked off a whole new era of science fiction, there have been so many variations on this theme that Neuromancer's plot itself now comes across as a little plain.
I also had a little bit of trouble swallowing some of the plot points and character interactions - I spent a lot of time thinking "Well, I'm sure XYZ happened for a reason, but I wish I knew what that reason was."
I kept trying very hard to like this novel, being that it's been to sci-fi what Lord of the Rings was to fantasy, but it just seemed like a lot of work getting through the plot to finish a story I've heard retold a thousand times since it was written.