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SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION --
THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL OF THE PAST TWO DECADES
Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene--it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.
Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society. Neuromancer's virtual reality has become real. And yet, William Gibson's gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that lead mankind ever further into the future.
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....
- striking, twisting leads to confusing
Neuromancer has all the makings of a great book, in my opinion. Firstly, it's hugely original in such a striking way it leaves you in awe. Secondly, there is a love story which isn't too sappy or up in the clouds but seems down-to-earth. Third, it's dark, twisted and creepy, which all good books ought to incorporate. Fourth, there are plot twists after plot twists twisting you into directions which you never would have guessed... which leads to the only damaging fault to the book - there are too many twists which aren't explained in the fullest. This led me to be confused on more than one occasion on the first time reading it. Some will say that If you read it again it'll be much clearer. Perhaps they're right, but I just read it once so far, however, it's on my list to be read again....more info
I couldn't finish this story. I just didn't find it interesting enough. Most of it was Gibson's writing style. I know the ideas presented in it are "ahead of their time" and all, but it just didn't have a motivated enough plot for me. I think this is a "love it or hate it" novel so I can't say you will hate it, but I did......more info
- The Definitive SuperSexCyberLoveStory
This book is a great read and you'll find that it's still current even though it was written so long ago. His passages that allude to the afterlife are stunning and make this a great candidate for re-reading. I've bought it three times as I usually don't "loan books" and I keep wanting to read it again....more info
- Couldn't keep my mind from wandering...
I never engaged with this book. I read fiction to transport myself out of my day to day world an into someone else's. Gibson's world in Neuromancer was dreadfully dull and grimy. The plot and characters were so disjointed that I started thinking about things I needed to do at work - or whether or not I fed the dog. It's time to put this book down and watch my fingernails grow.
Yes, there are very cool and prescient concepts explored in this book. Gibson should be credited for his contributions to this genre. You can see he is a intuitive, creative and highly intelligent person... But, quite frankly, Neuromancer is just unreadable. After a 150 pages I just don't care about any of it. Yawn.
Cutting edge for its time, inspiration of many books and movies (Matrix anyone?), artificial intelligence conspiracies, Rasta in space. Need I say more?...more info
- Been liiking for this book for ages. Thanks for making it available
Always liked Henry Gibson. This is a great read for propeller heads, and a good story generally....more info
- Cool idea, but disjointed storyline and characters I didn't care about
The review line pretty much says it all. I am a big fan of William Gibson, but this book didn't have the characters or the universe that connected with me. Thankfully, most of his other books are awesome....more info
- Glaring Typo in New Foreword!
There's a new foreword in this edition by the author which, sadly, has a rather glaring typo. Considering this is the 20th anniversary edition, I had expected a little bit more from the editors than this, especially considering they were only adding what, 3 pages of content at the beginning for the foreword? How can you not at least get those few pages right? The editor that handled this should be ashamed of himself/herself and fired on the spot. This tainted my entire experience because I found a hideous typo before I even got into the book. I hate typos and in an anniversary edition of the book, it is a true shame.
Lousy editing on this edition, no doubt about it. Can't believe this wasn't caught and I hope someone lost their job over it.
- Fast paced, dark sci-fi
Neuromancer is THE archetypal cyber-punk sci-fi. Fast paced, sometimes funny, sometimes (very) dark - not always clear but nevertheless - one cannot put it down. A true immersing experience in the genre....more info
- A masterwork
An absolute must read for any scifi fan. Gibson provides a fully realized universe which makes for a brilliant narrative that has shaped our view of technology for over two decades....more info
- Cyberpunk classic
Neuromancer is the greatest cyberpunk novel ever. It is definitely a must-read. The main areas of interest are the depiction of the future dystopian world Gibson had created. Gibson presents to us a desolate world where anarchism replaces government control, and a world which operates upon an international network, known as cyberspace. (Gibson's prediction came true with the birth of internet, thus internet was also named 'cyberspace')
People might find the beginning of this novel is rather slow and hard to absorb. I, myself, had to reread the first part several times to get the story into my head. Readers might also be stumped by the use of some unfamiliar terms, such as japanese words and names of tech gadgets.
But your efforts to read this novel will eventually pay off, because in the latter part, the plot becomes more engaging. New characters start emerging, more twists in the plot appear. But as I have said earlier, the main area of interests are the descriptions of Gibson's future world, not so much on the twists in the plots.
This is novel that you make you ponder. The depiction of this future dystopian is appears to be real; some of the predictions are already happening today. Besides, the emotional pain experience by the anti-hero, Case, is something I can identify with.
It is also obvious that the character Molly has also been copied/influenced in other works, such as The Matrix and Ghost in the Shell.
This book is definitely on my favourite list. ...more info
- A Dysutopian Cyberdream
The novel reads like a Raymond Chandler detective thriller on Russian Heroin (a drug frequently mentioned in Gibson's book). The characters are thin, but the physical environment and inner world of cyberspace are richly described. The plot moves along even as it takes you to unknown realms. This is an exciting read.
This significant novel coined the work "cyberspace" and presaged the importance of the Internet when there was no Internet. (Nueromancer was written in 1984.) It also pointed to a morphing of humans and machines and drugs, something Ray Kurtzweil talks about in "The Coming Age of Spiritual Machines."
Neuromancer is a great book, and by all means read it. But for a happier vision of the future, in addition to Kurtzweil's book mentioned above, I suggest "Collective Intelligence" by Pierre Levy.
Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace (Helix Books)
Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things
- Know your tastes before picking it up.
The book is an enjoyable, quick read. It is not very fulfilling and sometimes even visually confusing. The sci-fi environment leaves many details to your own imagination. I'm not saying this is good or bad because it will vary depending on your tastes, but I prefer environments to be immediately recognizable and richly detailed.
I would not recommend this book as your first sci-fi novel, and be particularly careful if you do not know much about computers or technical jargon....more info
- Careful readers will find it disturbing and original
Gibson's fiction has been very hit or miss but there is no denying that Neuromancer is a vital, infulential, and highly memorable read. its also a challenging read: he uses a dense writing style, filled with tech jargon (that he mostly made up). And Gibson really piles on the adverbs and adjectives when just one descriptive would do. Ultimately, his writing style draws you into the disturbing dark future-world he creates. The story does make sense and the characters are highly memorable, but only if you take the time to read the book carefully. If you are looking for a quick read and fast pacing, this is not the book for you. Its a shame the later Gibson books that take place in this same universe come nowhere close to what he accomplished with this novel. ...more info
- The Book That Made This Genre
This is where cyberpunk, noir tech, virtual scifi--call it what you will--began. Not for nothing did this book win a Nebula Award: it is original, well-written, and established a genre that has been and will continue to be endlessly developed.
I have read several books by this author, and never been disappointed....more info
- Not a realistic view of consciousness
This book is amusing, and it certainly can take credit for starting a whole sci fi genre.
However, the basic idea that you can plug into someone else's stream of consciousness is flat out wrong. That's not how your brain works, and no technical advance is going to change that.
It's a little hard to explain, but consider the scene where the guy is plugged into the girls brain and she teases him by playing with her nipple. He feels something different than what he would feel if he did that to himself.
But how could that work? The part of his brain that would be processing the sensation is missing, because of anatomical differences between their brains.
The idea here is that he is a humunculus sitting in a "theatre of the senses" taking in all theses sensations, which are the end product of the inputs to and calculations of his (or in this case her) nervous system. The question is, how can anything but his nervous system be taking anything in?
In short, cyberpunk is based on the dualist fallacy. Philosophers have spilt a lot of ink on the subject. A good starting point is "The Mind's Eye"...more info
- Definitely the father of cyberpunk
In my quest to read more cyberpunk, after I read Snow Crash, I always came across Gibson and his Neuromancer. For the longest time I resisted because I thought it would be outdated and thus unrealistic (beyond the necessary suspension of realty). I am glad that I have finally read it and saw where cyberpunk came from.
The book revolves around cyberspace and AI and so on a lot more so than most other cyberpunk books do, which typically only glance upon that subject in a direct way. In showing the existence of an AI that can interact with an "online" user, as well as the security systems and so on we are able to see a rich, futuristic world, one that all cyberpunk fans should love to read, even though the book is 24 years old.
The characters, though, could be a little shallow and underdeveloped, but that isn't anything that I thought would be there in the first place. The plot, as well, is a little forced. For example, how quickly Molly and Case were with each other intimately, so quick you barely got to see them interact.
All in all though those are just minor nuisances to on otherwise fun and engaging read. I would recommend.
- Falls short of my expectations.
While I enjoy reading Gibson, thus far having only read Neuromancer and Burning Chrome, I find myself continuously frustrated by him. While his short stories are excellent, not continuing for too long - providing Gibson enough room to tell a thought-provoking story, his first attempt at a novel falls short. Though he provides us with all the essentials to tell a good story - wonderful setting, memorable characters (of course Molly), he fails to deliver the one-two punch necessary to maintain the level of praise that this novel has received. Overall the book is worth reading at least once, but it will not make it's way onto my top picks....more info
- A Uniquely Valuable Work
"The Sky above the port was the color of television tuned to a dead channel"
Even now, more than 20 years after its initial publication, Neuromancer's richness and complexity mark it as a work of quality that has been seldom matched in science fiction.
At its most basic, Neuromancer is nothing but a 'big heist' story that we know well from movies and television, but this one comes wrapped in prose that was almost unimaginable for science fiction writing. It combined voices, techniques and imagery that were simply beyond most science-fiction--using elements of voice recognizable from writers as diverse as Dashiel Hammet to William Burroughs--that lift the book high above what you expect genre-fiction to achieve with descriptions of future places, characters and technologies that capture the imagination on page one and that never, ever let go.
Like any book, Neuromancer is not without its flaws; but without its groundbreaking influence, Neal Stephenson would be famous not for Snow crash or the Cryptonomicon but for his essays on computers and technology and for his mercifully obscure first novel, 'the Big U.'...more info
- yea its good
While many would say that this is a classic, those same many would go on to qualify that it is a "turbo nerd" classic. I'm going to have to disagree with that assessment: it's just plain ole classic. Gibson has really tuned into something here and has realized it on levels which transcend mere genre classifications. Yes this is a genre work: quote unquote: cyberpunk. But this is just a buzzword (and people only make buzzwords for the good stuff right?), this work has literary resonance as a restatement of fundamental themes. Just because it is futuristic and has a dash of kitsch doesn't relegate it to the sci-fi scrap heap (which is just left of the pop scrap heap)--- there is poetry in this work and it is a poetry justified and accentuated by the framing element of the narrative. Gibson is really "using language" here in the literary sense; he's bending and fiddling around with the content aspect of descriptive language, trying to ask the question: "how does one describe what has never been seen so that it is real?" Essentially, a sci fi question performed literarily.
An interesting question is: how does one create a genre? I think it's a question which this book answers (and yes maybe there were others who started 'cyberpunking' earlier, but this is the one that snapped that genre 'into place' so to speak). Making a (in this case: sub)genre is essentially a linguistic task; trope-tweaking, working with content in such a way as to anchor something new (a dual action, making a place and then filling it). This book has a richness and reality to it which a lot of sci-fi does not have, while at the same time delivering full throttle nerd-pleasure. So pretty much, to sum it up: "yes."...more info