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Neuromancer

by William Gibson

Penguin Publishing Group | July 10, 2000 | Trade Paperback

Neuromancer is rated 4.2727 out of 5 by 11.
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.

Now, for the first time, Ace Books is proud to present this groundbreaking literary achievement in a trade paperback edition.

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.2 × 5.21 × 0.69 in

Published: July 10, 2000

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0441007465

ISBN - 13: 9780441007462

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from very interesting (but sometimes confusing) read I won't lie, after reading each chapter, I went online and read a summary of that chapter just to make sure I understood what happened. This book is an interesting read but it can get very confusing at times which all the tech jargon and the various interlinked plot elements and locations. If you can deal with focusing a bit more to absorb everything (as opposed to a relaxing causal read) this is a very interesting story. As a bonus there are things in modern sci-fi/cyberpunk that use references from this book since it appears to be very influential. One example is the cyberpunk card game "Android Netrunner". After reading Neuromancer I picked up on a few references here and there placed in the game from the book and that was very satisfying. I'm sure there are many other better examples but this is just one I encountered.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An iconic book This is what a good book is, but it is not a book taken lightly. This book will confuse, and it may be hard to get to the end, but it is worth it. Anyone who likes science fiction should read this because Gibson knew what the world would be with the internet and everything that ccomes with it. I re-read this a while back and saw that what is sci-fi today really could be real tomorrow.
Date published: 2010-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genre Defining Gibson's master piece, Neuromancer, effectively created the Cyberpunk genre. Terms such as 'The Matrix', and Cyberspace originated here. It is also one of the most decorated books in all SciFi. A must read for anyone interested in technology, hacking or just an amazingly prescient view of the future.
Date published: 2007-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cyberpunk begins William Gibson may disagree, but Neuromancer is the alpha work in the cyberpunk genre. Without this, there would have been no Matrix, Wired Magazine or even the term "cyberspace." What's most remarkable about the book is that Gibson was prescient not just about technology but about the culture that has built up around it. (As well, where the technology hasn't caught up to Gibson's predictions, there's a sense of disappointment on the part of reality; the body modifications are to this novel as jetpacks were to Buck Rogers).
Date published: 2007-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So confusing... I was really eager to get my hands on this novel. Winner of the triple crown (Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell award; only 1 of 4 novels to do so to date) and suggested to be the origins for the concept of "The Matrix", I expected a strong work of fiction. To my dismay, the comparisons with "The Matrix" are weak at best. The storyline is very confusing. I had a vague concept of what was going on, but had difficulty understanding the motives behind the decisions of certain characters and discerning reality from abstract settings. I wanted to put the novel down numerous times, but only forced myself through it because it was a gift.
Date published: 2007-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Gibson is in a class all of his own. Innovative and witty. People who think the Matrix was revolutionary need to read this book and realize where it all came from. In this case the book is definitly a better read then the loosely based movie.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Groovy Baby!! Simply put, this book catapulted me into a distant state of mind. When I found out that the author had writen the novel on a typewriter long befor the home computer was a household necessity I read faster and harder than ever befor. I carried my passion for the novel idea's into every project in high school. Today I float and surf the net like a fish in the ocean. So long and thangs for treating the eggplant with the respect it deserves. ViniV out. Cheers!!
Date published: 2003-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHACKED OUT!! This was one of the craziest books I've read in a while. It's all kind of confusing, with all this stuff about like flipping in and out of some kind of computer world. But it's really cool still. It's about this guy Case who is just like Neo from the matrix, and he's a computer person... and he has all these crazy missions... it's fun. I read it in my first year university course at u waterloo... I give it a two thumbs up, whacked review!
Date published: 2002-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This IS Cyberpunk Remember the Matrix? Remember how it presented a view of the world that nobody had seen before. Now find out who invented it. Neuromancer invented a genre, and we are only realizing now how ahead of his time Gibson was. A great story in a fantastic world that will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2000-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gibson's best work... If you are new to Gibson, start here! Pure art from cover to cover. A defining bible of the information age.
Date published: 2000-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that changed it all... This was the book that changed SF forever and forced it to evolve into a legitimate artform. Bound to change the way you look at technology, culture, and life, in some way or another. You'll wonder how Gibson saw ahead so accurately...so early. This is the book professors use with students to teach the perfect blending of emotion, imagination, and literary perfection.
Date published: 1999-05-31

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Neuromancer

Neuromancer

by William Gibson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.2 × 5.21 × 0.69 in

Published: July 10, 2000

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0441007465

ISBN - 13: 9780441007462

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Chapter 1 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.            Ratz was tending bar, h is prosthetic arm jerking monotonously as he filled a tray of glasses with draft Kirin. He saw Case and smiled, his teeth a webwork of East European steel and brown decay. Case found a place at the bar, between the unlikely tan on one of Lonny Zone’s whores and the crisp naval uniform of a tall African whose cheekbones were ridged with precise rows of tribal scars. “Wage was in her early, with two joeboys,” Ratz said, shoving a draft across the bar with his good hand. “Maybe some business with you, Case?”            Case shrugged. The girl to his right giggled and nudged him.            The bartender’s smile widened. His ugliness was the stuff of legend. In an age of affordable beauty, there was something heraldic about his lack of it. The antique arm whined as he reached for another mug. It was a Russian military prosthesis, a seven-function force-feedback manipulator, cased in grubby pink plastic. “You are too much the artiste, Herr Case.” Ratz grunted; the sound served him as laughter. He scratched
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From the Publisher

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.

Now, for the first time, Ace Books is proud to present this groundbreaking literary achievement in a trade paperback edition.

 

About the Author

William Gibson was born on March 17, 1948 in Conway, S.C.. He grew up in a small town in Virginia and developed an interest in science fiction. He dropped out of high school and moved to Canada, where he eventually graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1977. Gibson earned his place in science fiction literary history with the publication of Neuromancer in 1984. Considered the first breakthrough novel written in the cyberpunk style, it won the three major science fiction awards; the Phillip K. Dick, The Hugo, and the Nebula. Set in the fast-paced world of the information superhighway, Gibson shows the negative effects of dealing with technology in cyberspace. His other works, including Mona Lisa Overdrive and the screenplay for the film Johnny Mnemonic, are filled with cynicism, high technology, and underground countercultures.

Editorial Reviews

"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