Hardwired (Hardwired #1)
Ex-fighter pilot Cowboy, "hardwired" via skull sockets directly to his lethal electronic hardware, teams up with Sarah, an equally cyborized gun-for-hire, to make a last stab at independence from the rapacious Orbitals.
Struggling to slap a rating on this novel really crystallized for me the problem with the current star rating system. It's not a bad book. It was moderately entertaining and had some excellent moments of action, story and character interaction.
It doesn't deserve the stigma that is associated with the 2 star rating.
However, I also didn't "like it" enough to bestow the 3rd star and thus proclaim to the world that all should read this. Tis a quandary.
Thus, I figured I could either round up to 3 st...more
Anyway, what I wanted to say was: if you liked that scene, then you'll probably like Hardwired too. Just my little tip for the day.
Hardwired takes place sometime in the more distant than not future. The Earth is not doing well. The oceans have rise, pollution is rampant, and the nations that are left standing have balkanized. From low earth orbit, the Orbitals, a group of spaceborne corporations, are calling the shots. Governments answer to them as they have the ulitmate in air superiori...more
Honest and for true, this is the best novel to come out of the Cyberpunk movement; every time I read it I pick up on more layers-the way Williams uses myth, the ethical dilemmas the characters face, the postmodernity of the way much of the novel "lives" in the cultural referents of film and other Southwestern novels . . . really an amazing novel.
The novel has two protagonists, Cowboy, a former fighter pilot, and Sarah, a street smart "hired gun" who's trying to save her bro...more
That sounds like criticism, but its not. Its style _over_ substance, not style instead of substance. There's a plot here, and its interesting enough, but its not the point. The point is the flash of neon on chrome and the sound of alcohol-fueled turbines drowning out the chatter of miniguns. Its raw and elegant. I liked the story, but if you're still reading to find out what happens next instead of _how_ it happens, then like...more
Câblé est pour moi l’un des plus typiques, et, je dirais même, des plus purs, romans de cyberpunk que j’aie pu lire. Loin du Samouraï Virtuel de Stephenson, qui évolue dans une réalité elle aussi virtuelle, et des différentes aventures de Gibs...more
This is old school, OG cyberpunk. It's got steel guitars, hovering tanks, Orbital colonies dropping asteroids on the old decaying governments of Earth, you name a cyberpunk cliche, this kills it and did it before it was a cliche. Gibson's the literary intellectual of 80s SF, Sterling it's molotov wielding genius, and Walter Jon Williams is its pure genius.
He's also another of those guys who isn't quite as famous as he should be, in genre and out....more
Like "Angel Station," I'd read this many, many years ago (probably the summer before I started college), and I'd managed to forget almost everything about the plot, characters...everything except the title and a couple of vague impressions, so this was like a new book to me!
The "future" as presented in this story, which was written in the latter half of the Reagan administration, may seem at the same time as dated as the Soviet Union -- and as fresh...more
The characters were one dimensional & I was incredibly bored with the book. So bored in fact it just solidified my whole hatred for the cyberpunk movement--the "too cool for sci-f...more
The real strength of the novel is the characters. Cowboy and Sarah are famil...more
I enjoy cyberpunk novels. This has all the ingredients of a cyberpunk novel. Evil Corporations, Implants, Cybernetics, Drugs and the Anti-Hero.
Williams has captured the internal struggle between the common man and "the man", aka the people with the power.
I found it hard to put the book down. The story starts off slow but then slams into to you with full force. The plot isn't so intricate that you get l...more
Cyberpunk sometimes has a short shelf life. Technological advancements can render cyberpunk outdated. Hopefully, "Hardwired" will hold its own upon re-reading. I have not read "Solip:System" the novelette that links "Hardwired" to its full length sequel (set 100 years after), "Voice of the Whirlwi...more
There's some good action here, and the premise is solid, but it doesn't stand tremendously well on its own as a novel. I have not read the two sequels, and they may improve on the milieu, but independently, the book sets up a bunch of threads that are left dangling, and the conflict is resolved via a completely ridiculous deus ex machina that is only hinted it in one sentence elsew...more
The setting -- an Earth dominated by and completely dependent on orbital corporations -- is unique and chillingly plausible, and the narrative fit...more
Also the ability of a bunch of individuals to apparently put together from scratch, high performance fighters, was hard to s...more
It's easily one of the best examples of its genre: dystopian future, devolution of society combined with evolution of technology and medicine into body adaptations and speed/skill enhancements, and evil mega-corporations. The full cyberpunk experience, even if it doesn't have the most original plot. A great read, particularly for the nostalgia value.
Another worthwhile effort in horizon stretching. This effort spawned by having read a story in Frankensteins and Foreign Devils that bridges this with Voice of the Whirlwind. Looks like all these years of trying and then trying again are starting to pay off. It makes me wonder what else my persnickety brain has made me miss out on.