Burning Chrome

Burning Chrome

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Ten brilliant, seminal, hard-edged, nerve-enhancing stories from the most influential science fiction writer of our time. Ten brilliant, seminal, hard-edged, nerve-enhancing stories from the most influential science fiction writer of our time. Since they were first published in the 1980s, Gibson's vision has become a touchstone - his lapidary prose seethes with buzz-phrases newly minted yet destined to be current well in to the future. Lowlife characters, ghosts and hallucinations haunt the malls and plazas of an intensely realized holographic world, a name-brand society, with cloned Ninja bodyguards, retro fashions, stunning ideas. Gibson in the year 2000 is the unchallenged guru, prophet and voice of the new cybernetic world order and virtual reality.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 18mm | 99.79g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperVoyager
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0006480438
  • 9780006480433
  • 54,965

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'A fistful of fast, challenging, hot-wired short stories' New Musical Express 'Furiously inventive, brilliantly written, the cutting edge of sf' Guardian 'Some subversives are still at work proving that SF can pack its strongest blows into its shortest works... He's at his best dealing with the victims of the new, the people burnt out by drugs, computers, huge corporations or the strangeness of space' Fiction Magazine 'At once a lament and a critique, these stories show the way SF is being rewired. Gibson, his finger jitteringly on the fast-forward button, shows the direction in which our literature might be headed' The Timesshow more

About William Gibson

William Gibson was born in 1948. He was raised and educated in 'southern Lovecraftian' Virginia, USA, but moved to Canada soon after leaving school. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is married and has two children.show more

Review Text

Ten tales, 1977-85 - Gibson's entire output to date - including three collaborations. The backdrop is, by now, a familiar one: a near-future of high-tech heavy metal, dominated by rapacious multinational corporations, and with a vast gulf between the haves and the have-nots - but where even the most pathetic lowlife is able to plug into the global "cyberspace" computer network. The stories here feature: a courier who carries, in his unconscious mind, secret computer programs that can be retrieved only with the correct code; a photographer who sees ghosts from a might-have-been future envisaged by the 1930's pulp science-fiction magazines; sensory hologram cassettes; corporate dirty tricks; and human/computer interfaces; Plus, in a more satisfying vein: astronauts disappear into a mysterious space-warp, only to return - after contacting alien civilizations-dead or insane the title piece, a computer-world battle over a vast fortune in illicit gains; barflies who turn into mutants capable of existing solely on alcoholic drinks (with John Shirley); Russian cosmonauts trying to prevent the abandonment of their orbiting space stations (with Bruce Sterling); and (with Michael Swanwick) dogfights with computer-projected WW I biplanes. These grim, often repetitious themes and scenes (as in the novels Neuromancer and Count Zero, p. 167) are set forth in highly textured but largely unevocative prose, and many readers will weary of the psychotic or merely unpleasant characters, the sheer ugliness of Gibson's visions. Alluring stuff - if you happen to be on Gibson's sharply delimited wavelength. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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