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Hardwired by Walter Jon Williams
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Feb 20, 2008

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More than anything else, Hardwired has shown me how bad the author wants to be William Gibson. To Walter Jon William's credit, who doesn't?

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 superiority - the ability to drop massive chunks of rock from great heights un cities who don't tow the line.

Cowboy and Sarah though have decided they've had enough. Both are wrapped up in the Orbital efforts to control both the legitimate and black markets, screwing both of them in the process. The unlikely pair team up with a group of like minded criminals, and together they take on Tempel I.G., the Phartmaceutical company that has begun to slowly take them apart.

It's not a bad book, but to be honest... I read Neuromancer once before. I could actually pull out a pad of paper and a pencil, write down character names from Neuromancer, then draw a line to their Hardwired counterpart. Cyberpunk fiction has a tendency to do this - Billy and Bruce can't help but have this sort of effect on their sub-genre. With that said, it's worth a read for the mirrorshade crowd.
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message 1: by Burt (new)

Burt Damn near time! Great book. At the cutting edge of cyberpunk.

Monk I think I'm up to where I was last time. This is what I like to call my treadmill book - I can read this while I walk as it's a mass market book. Should be done with it in a few days.

message 3: by Burt (new)

Burt Pass it on to me when you're done. I could use a re-read.

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