HarperCollins Publishers, Apr 28, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
Neuromancer is the most influential science fiction novel of our time. Cyberspace and virtual reality were invented in this book. It changed forever the way we look at tomorrow and was the inspiration behind the blockbuster film The Matrix.
Neuromancer is the most influential science fiction novel of our time. Cyberspace and virtual reality were invented in this book. It changed forever the way we look at tomorrow and was the inspiration behind the blockbuster film The Matrix. In 2009 it celebrated its 25th Anniversary.
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This is the first of an amazing, mind bending trilogy (Including Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive). However, be warned, this book is not for those who want a "Barney style" read, ie, having every minute detail explained fully for your convenience. Upon reading the first page, Gibson immerses you in the Neuromancer cyberpunk world. While confusing at first, as you read and comprehend, everything makes sense and explanations present themselves. The difficulty in actually committing effort into understanding Gibson's world is what you'll see in many reviews turns people off of this book. In short, this is not a book for the narrow minded or ignorant. However, I find that this, and the following books (which continue to get even better) are well worth whatever effort the reader may put into understanding concepts that are above the unsatisfied commenters' understanding. Neuromancer is the original "Matrix" and is still in many ways the best version of it.
Written in 1984, this is for me an unbelievable account of the future of media. Most revealing for me was the foundation this book lay for the movie The Matrix. After reading this book it is clear that the movie was unmistakeably inspired by it on several concepts such as the matrix itself, digital guerilla warfare and omniscient AI. These themes combined with an exciting plot make it difficult not to read more of this triology.