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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (27 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006480438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006480433
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 22.8 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Gibson is the award-winning author of Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, The Difference Engine, with Bruce Sterling, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties and Pattern Recognition. William Gibson lives in Vancouver, Canada. His latest novel, published by Penguin, is Spook Country (2007).

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‘A fistful of fast, challenging, hot-wired short stories’
New Musical Express

‘Furiously inventive, brilliantly written, the cutting edge of sf’
Guardian

‘Some subversives are still at work proving that SF can pack its strongest blows into its shortest works… He’s at his best dealing with the victims of the new, the people burnt out by drugs, computers, huge corporations or the strangeness of space’
Fiction Magazine

‘At once a lament and a critique, these stories show the way SF is being rewired. Gibson, his finger jitteringly on the fast-forward button, shows the direction in which our literature might be headed’
The Times

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Ten Brilliant, seminal, hard-edged, nerve enhancing stories from the most influential science fiction writer of our time. Since they were first published in the 1980s, Gibson’s vision has become a touchstone – not only within the genre. Gibson in the nineties is the unchanged guru, prophet and voice of the new cybernetic world order and virtual reality. The stories, with their vivid cast of lowlife characters in an intensely realised high-tech world, paint an instantly recognisable portrait of the modern predicament.

‘A fistful of fast, challenging, hot-wired short stories.’
NEW MUSIC EXPRESS

“Some subversives are still at work proving that SF can pack its strongest blows into its shortest works … He’s at his best dealing with the victims of the new, the people burnt out by drugs, computers, huge corporations or the strangeness of space”
FICTION MAGAZINE

“At once a lament and a critique, these stories show the way SF is being rewired. Gibson, his finger jitteringly on the fast forward button, shows the direction in which our literature might be headed”
THE TIMES


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
Although I love Neuromancer and Gibson's other books, its in his short stories he really excels. He manages to paint a complete world in a page or two, fleshing out his characters into real people. Some of the stories seem to be in the world of the sprawl, others are in very different places. All have the strange tension of living in a place on the edge of change, the Edge where console cowboys cut ICE from the datacores of an Old/Young woman or burned out hustlers dogfight holographic planes around the lightbulbs of seedy bars. Each story is Short, sharp and glorious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2013
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These are a collection of short stories written by Gibson, sometimes with the help of collaborators. They all focus on a future cyber dystopia where the mind and machines are merging through drugs, dreams and electrodes. The first is about Johnny Mnemonic a living storage device for industrial and gang-land secrets. The Gernsback Continuum is about alternate realities from our past breaking into the future. Perhaps the strangest story is The Belonging Kind that has echoes of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Four of the most developed stories are the Hinterlands which takes you to a world where humans face first contact and where they are trying to deal with the consequences, Red Star Winter Orbit about the final days of a Russian Space Station, Dogfight about a challenger to a veteran video game fighter and Burning Chrome about hackers taking down a gangland leader.

But for me the best two stories are The Winter Market and New Rose Hotel. New Rose Hotel is about corporate power struggles between different zaibatsu and how they play their cyber games. The Winter Market is about creating a cyber-superstar and her rise and fall, her addictions and her dreams. These are both very powerful stories that take you deep into Gibson's future world.

For anyone who loves Gibson's work these are a must have, but for new reader perhaps it is better to start with the longer books as in the short format it can be hard to understand his descriptions and the images that he uses. They are hard technically if you have never read him before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
It can be stated that it is worthy for one to learn English only to be able to read NEW ROSE HOTEL in the original. No translation can do justice to Gibson's fresh prose. I realize that the cannon-setters might not agree, however, for me, these are the BEST 28 pages ever written in English. With Gibson SF entered its Golden Age.

All of the short stories contained are excellent. However, my favorites are all of the three Sprawl ones: JOHNY MNEMONIC, NEW ROSE HOTEL and BURNING CHROME; at par is the Soviet retro (nowadays) HINTERLANDS.

Never before or since have I came upon comparable poetic dreamscapes of futuristic noir dystopia. The images are so concentrated they just burst from the reader's mind to create a detailed alternative reality. And it is not that the Novels are diluted - they are just more of the good stuff!

My advice: read BURNING CHROME *AFTER* the famous trilogy (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive. They will help you understand the precursor ideas for the rich atmospheric world that followed.
[Do not watch the NEW ROSE HOTEL movie. Do so for JOHNY MNEMONIC neither. They do no justice to these literature gems].

Highly Recommended!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Patrick A. Harrington VINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
William Gibson is best known as the author of Neuromancer -- his first novel, which caused him to be hailed in  The Sunday Times as "the information age's resident populist prophet".
The book reviewed here is a collection of ten short stories, including his first published story Fragments of a Hologram Rose from 1977.
Gibson's style has been described as "a combination of low-life and high-tech". This collection shows how perceptive he can be in observing both. Gibson doesn't just use technology as a back-drop or to provide props; he considers the effects that developments in technology might have upon individuals and societies. In Johnny Mnemonic for example a character explains:--
"We're an information economy. They teach you that at school. What they don't tell you is that it's impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information. Fragments that can be retrieved, amplified."
Gibson describes also the detail of low-life settings. In this collection there are very good descriptions of different types of bars in The Belonging Kind. He paints portraits of different characters, Deke in Dogfight, Lese in The Winter Market, with different colours and shades.
Ultimately, however, he extrapolates from a mass (or media) consciousness of the present. Gibson has interesting things to say but he is not a prophet. The future will not be the same as his stories. The Soviet Union has not dominated space research (as in Red Star, Winter Orbit), in fact it no longer exists. Many future developments will derive not from mass actions or popular consciousness, but from the work of "outsiders". Instead of looking just at what is now considered "central", perhaps he should view what is emerging at the edge....
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