Virtual Light by William GibsonVirtual Light by William Gibson

Virtual Light

byWilliam Gibson

Mass Market Paperback | July 1, 1994

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2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy  sister-states of what used to be California. Here the  millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wake  only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry  Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working  for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is a  bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsively  snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But  these are no ordinary shades. What you can see  through these high-tech specs can make you rich--or  get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the  run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of  DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high.  And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash...
William Gibson is credited with having coined the term "cyberspace" and having envisioned both the Internet and virtual reality before either existed. He is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust...
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Title:Virtual LightFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.9 × 4.28 × 0.97 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553566067

ISBN - 13:9780553566062

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Forlon Society of Technology Virtual Light earns 3.5 stars as it depicts a forlorn society defined by technology and commerce. It sounds like today. Gibson has a particular style of writing that takes a a few pages to get used to. The novel is character-driven as Rydell struggles to adjust from his fall as tech adept.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! Like all the obscure, real life references. "Gunhead" for one. I know if I ever owned an armoured vehicle of some description, that's what I'd name it too.
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gibson at his best Certainly my favourite Gibson book, and one of my favourite books in general. Great story, wonderful characters, and it's dripping with style. Couldn't put it down the first time, or all the other times I've read it. Definitely a must buy and must read.
Date published: 2005-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Virtual Light, I Need More! I have read all of William Gibsons' books and I find this one to be as good as all his other books, but nothing tops his first book Neuromancer. Virtual Light isn't as dark as his other books, but tends to focus more on the characters...its an excellent story, a great book and fun read! Make sure you read Idoru right after...enjoy :)
Date published: 2000-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not good this book has the dubious honour of being the first member of my "i .. WILL .. finish .. it .. i will not cave!" club. at that, i had to take a 3 month break before screwing up enuff nerve to finish the book. needless to say, i was highly disappointed and this book has made me decide (at least for the time being) not to read another william gibson book. it seems that cyberpunk, in general, tends not to have much of a point to make and also twisted, incomprehensible plots. but it's the *ideas* presented that are so fascinating, that keeps *me* hooked. oh, and the fun. virtual light seems to have a followable plot (wow!), but it unfortunately seems to have no point, and to have no intriguing ideas to offer. and it was not fun to read. zippo. i would not recommend this book at all if you're looking for an introduction to the weird world of cyberpunk, just on the off chance that you won't like it either. i've heard that idoru is good - maybe i'll get around to reading it in a decade or so.
Date published: 2000-07-03

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From the best-selling author of Mona Lisa Overdrive comes another exciting cyber-mystery thriller. The year is 2005. In the states of Northern and Southern California, an ex-cop agrees to track down a young thief who has stolen a valuable technological prototype -- for which a mysterious corporation will pay any price or break any law to get back. What could the prototype be for? William Gibson's Virtual Light is the perfect addition to any sci-fi fan's library.

Editorial Reviews

  "A stunner... A terrifically stylish burst of  kick-butt imagination." -- Entertainment  Weekly "Convincing...  Frightening...Virtual Light is  written with a sense of craft, a sense of humor and a  sense of the ultimate seriousness of the problems  it explores." -- Chicago  Tribune "In the emerging pop culture  of the information age, Gibson is the brightest  star." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune "Although considered the  master of 'cyberpunk' science fiction, William Gibson  is also one fine suspense writer." --  People