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Neuromancer [Paperback]

William Gibson
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27 Nov 1995

Neuromancer is the most influential science fiction novel of our time. Cyberspace and virtual reality were invented in this book. It changed forever the way we look at tomorrow and was the inspiration behind the blockbuster film The Matrix. In 2009 it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (27 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006480411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006480419
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,895 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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Case was the best interface cowboy who ever ran in Earth's computer matrix. Then he double- crossed the wrong people.… Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards.


‘Set for brainstun…one of the most unusual and involving narratives to be read in many an artificially induced blue moon!’ The Times

‘A masterpiece that moves faster than the speed of thought and is chilling in its implications’ New York Times

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, groundbreaking book. 29 Mar 2005
This is a wonderful book - original, packed with ideas and simply crackling with energy and wit. Gibson has documented incredible, wild vision of the (near) future. It is a world of high technology and low life, a world where designer drugs and surgical enhancements are ubiquitous. In writing this book, he created (or at least popularised) a new genre: cyberpunk.
Neuromancer is not perfect. The characterisation is patchy (at best), some of the dialogue is stilted and the plot occasionally meanders but it is a still tremendous piece of work that has stood the test of time quite well.
Note that this is the first part of a trilogy and as such leaves a number of questions hanging. The other parts of the trilogy Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive are also very good and complete the story nicely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember when this was written. 6 Sep 2006
By Ben W
I don't often foray into sci-fi and certainly not cyberpunk, but I found this fascinating. Not great, definitely not perfect, but intriguing and challenging.

The challenge comes mostly in the jargon-loaded language, but that wasn't half as tough to penetrate as I expected. Simultaneously it also provided the greatest reward - bearing in mind when this book was conceived it displays some fascinating insights and prophecies around the future of technology.

Beyond that, I have a suspicion that the book is not quite as deep as it makes out! Case and Molly are the sort of protagonists that a good book needs; special but flawed. I certainly think an opportunity was missed to deliver more richness to these and other characters, but this will hopefully develop through the trilogy. The story itself is also subservient to the technological vision, but again it does set up the following books.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated? Maybe, but a book to read before you die! 12 Sep 2006
Like a bullet to the head, Neuromancer (and Gibson) arrived in 1984 to almost universal acclaim and allegedly kick-started the Cyberpunk movement which has influenced certain branches of SF ever since. Whether or not they choose to call their work cyberpunk or not is immaterial. The work of Simon Ings, Grimwood, Chris Moriarty, Michael Swanwick and dozens of others would arguably not have been the same had this novel not been as successful as it was.
The prose is fast, clever, snappy, set against a background of half-working neon in streets where disposable computer equipment is strewn like empty fast food cartons.
Our hero, Case, is a cyber-freelancer, able to jack himself into computer-systems and experience cyberspace as a three dimensional reality. Case, however, tried to steal from one of his more dubious clients who subsequently infected him with a Russian mycotoxin, effectively rendering him incapable of cyberspace work and therefore unemployable. We therefore meet him, down on his luck, and mixing with some rather eccentric characters in a downtown bar in Japan.
For me, it reads like `The Maltese Falcon in Space'. There is a pervasive noir element, since Case - like many a Nineteen-Forties gumshoe - is forced to take on a job, the full details of which he is not fully aware. There's a beautiful and dangerous woman (by the name of Molly) and a mysterious benefactor, as well as a supporting cast of neon-lit lowlife.
Like any classic noir novel, the action and the protagonists move between street level and the crazy billionaire family who are literally `above the clouds', since they live within their own Las Vegas style space station.
It's exciting, challenging, dense with atmosphere, and very much deserves its cult status as a modern classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neuromancer invented its own genre. 16 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Neuromancer is the epitome and the antecedent of all cyberpunk fiction. In fact, it is with this book that Gibson, seemingly quite accidentally, actually coined the term "cyberspace" (not to mention providing the original "matrix"). The characters are vivid and interesting, and the world that they inhabit is just as colourful, in its urbanized, futuristic way. Neuromancer is relatively brief, laudably free of some science fiction writers' tendency to expound verbosely on their philosophy of the future. Even so, Gibson's vision comes out in the writing, perhaps even more effectively. You will finish this book quickly. When you do, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive are just as well paced, continue in the same vein without becoming philosophical, and are refreshingly self-contained for science fiction sequels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Neuromancer 10 May 2013
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One of the characteristics of science fiction is that it attempts to create cognitive dissonance in the reader - meaning that the writer attempts to convey to the reader that this is an unfamiliar, futuristic world through use of language, as well as by keeping things hidden from the reader and not fully explaining them. I don't like everything to be laid out for me and not have any brain work to do. However, reading Neuromancer, I can see why science fiction is criticised by more general readers who find the genre alienating. As a reader of science in fiction rather than a hard sf fan, Neuromancer was one of those books for me. With it being a classic and the earliest cyber punk novel I think it is worth reading for its status as a pioneer of a new sub-genre. However, it doesn't always mean you enjoy works with such status.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing edition
As good as I expected, a good purchase. If you are thinking of buying this book, this is your edition.
Published 1 month ago by Marc Alcąntara Ferrer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any sci fi fan. Well ahead of it's time.
Seminal work that practically invented cyberpunk. Remarkable for a first novel although he failed to predict trolls and just how much pointless crud we actually fill the internet... Read more
Published 1 month ago by luke
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
Reading the other reviews and noting the awards and loving sci-fi I was expecting a lot.
I persevered to the end, but couldn't wait to finish the book and move on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by vkester
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting sci-fi story
This book opens with a clichéd sky description and the writer sometimes makes the mistake of loading too much detail into paragraphs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R.D. Hale (author)
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time
The story itself is great, way ahead of it's time (it was written in the 80's). There are many well written reviews about the story on here so I'll stick to reviewing the actual... Read more
Published 2 months ago by arty
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectually challenging
Credited with having invented the concept fo The Matrix.
Takes a lot of concentration to get into - as in there is so much that is familiar but also that is new that it takes... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S USHER
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Read this in the early 1990s and it blew me away. Had not read anything like it before. Reread it several times over the years until my paperback literally fell apart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D A Haque
5.0 out of 5 stars A must! - great read!
Wow! So it seems William Gibson invented the matrix way before my generation was bombarded with the Matrix trilogy concepts and all that BS. Read more
Published 4 months ago by yves margarita
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Poetry, Don't Know If It's Great Literature
I enjoyed Neuromancer; romatic, fetishistic; quite a break from the norm.

Whether Neuromaner is great literature or not is not for me to say: I enjoyed it for what it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic seminal SF work still relevant 30 yrs on
Remembering how this work struck chords with my own concept of computing, networks and cyberspace back in the early 80s. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter Quenault
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