Tuesday, July 1, 2014 |
William Gibson's debut novel is considered one of the most important and influential works of science fiction written in the past 30 years. It's the story of computer hacker Case, who is recruited by a mysterious new employer for a major heist that turns into a dangerous, but thrilling, adventure.
First published in 1984, Neuromancer won numerous accolades, including winning the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Philip K. Dick Award: the first book to win all three of these major prizes.
"A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colourless void... The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo, and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers, trying to reach the console that wasn't there."
From: Neuromancer by William Gibson. Copyright © William Gibson, 1984. Reprinted by Permission of Penguin Canada Books Inc.