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Neuromancer by William Gibson
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Recommended for: sci fi fans, cyberpunks, lit students
Read in January, 1989 , read count: 1

This is another of those books I read in college that seemed like a "big deal" at the time, but which doesn't seem to hold up on reconsideration. It’s not actually bad, but there doesn’t seem to be that much there. Most of the plot is a series of red herrings, and the individual scenes are often opportunities for Gibson to present colorful imaginings of a future and/or future technology he wasn’t really qualified to predict (he wrote this on a typewriter, having never used a home computer at the time). The color and the speed are what hold things together – nothing is actually examined closely enough of long enough for the holes to become obvious – and it is generally a great ride. Add to that Gibson’s introduction of the cyberpunk ethos of rebels seeking individual freedom in a digitized world of corporate power, and you do have something symbolic of the era (the Reagan Years) in which it was produced. The book remains worth reading, for exactly those reasons, but it is hardly “great” science fiction.
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David Sarkies Interesting thought that it seems to relate more to the era in which it was written rather than trying to predict the future (or at least create it, as some Science Fiction writers try to do.


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