Neuromancer

352 pages

English language

Published Oct. 28, 2017 by Orion Publishing Group, Limited.

ISBN:
978-1-4732-1737-9
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4 stars (2 reviews)

Neuromancer is a 1984 science fiction novel by American-Canadian writer William Gibson. Considered one of the earliest and best-known works in the cyberpunk genre, it is the only novel to win the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. It was Gibson's debut novel and the beginning of the Sprawl trilogy. Set in the future, the novel follows Henry Case, a washed-up hacker hired for one last job, which brings him in contact with a powerful artificial intelligence.

3 editions

Review of 'Neuromancer' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

This one has everything. At itโ€™s core itโ€™s a really good noir thriller full of great characters, but built on top of that is a really good science fiction novel full amazing concepts, and a wonderful piece of art with psychedelically poetic descriptive prose. I will definitely need to read it again

reviewed Neuromancer by William Gibson

The cyberpunk aesthetic, but lacking in substance

2 stars

Had I read Neuromancer upon release I'm sure I would have loved it. But I didn't. I'm reading it years after its legacy has cemented itself as a tone-setting hallmark of the cyberpunk genre. I've seen this story told in movies and games to the point that its world, terminology and themes have been exhausted of what original value they brought to the table.

For its part, Neuromancer has an incredibly detailed, thoughtful backdrop. It is effectively the encyclopedia of cyberpunk tropes, having coined much of the language that is still used as shorthand in dystopian futurism stories today because of how evocative it is. If you want to be a tourist in such a world - to experience the voyeurism of a futuristic anti-corporate heist while being roped along in a criminal military-industrial plot - this book is your ticket to that nihilist amusement ride. In this regard the โ€ฆ

Subjects

  • Fiction, science fiction, hard science fiction