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Fragments of a Hologram Rose

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"Fragments of a Hologram Rose" is a science fiction short story by William Gibson. It was Gibson's first published work, originally appearing in 1977 in Unearth 3, a short-lived science fiction collection magazine which retailed for $1.00; Gibson was paid $27 for the story.[1] It tells the story of a jilted ex-lover who relies on artificial sense-recordings to sleep, in a ...more
Unknown Binding, 6 pages
Published 1977
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Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Gibson's first published short story shows why its writer is considered a genious; in just a few pages not only gives, through a very fragmented narration, a classic cyberpunk story, but also ponders on philosophical questions, such as what is real, what is a memory and whether we are each other fragments of memories.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a fan of the cyberpunk and even more of the author, I'm not realiable to write a review. So I would say it's just 5 pages, which you can read while in traffic, and it's a good sample of the author style. If you like it, run to Neuromancer afterwards.


Someone correct if I'm mistaken, but I couldn't see any conflict on this story. If there is really none, it's very interesting, considering how most authors and critics emphasize that stories are all about conflict res
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May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I have been interested in exploring cyberpunk for a while now, so this was a pretty decent first foray into the genre, despite being shorter than I would've probably rathered considering the scope of the content.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
The start of something.
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best abstract sci-fi books ever read.
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BBC radio presentation.
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Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have arranged my thoughts into a haiku:

"An airing of pain,
Alone in a darkened room.
Anything seems deep."
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Obligatory if you're into cyberpunk.
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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies wor