Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, is delighted to announce their acquisition of William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy, comprising Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive and a collection of short fiction, Burning Chrome. William Gibson’s Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the 20th century’s most potent visions of the future.
The UK and Commenwealth rights to the four book deal were acquired by Chairman of Gollancz Malcolm Edwards from John Berlyne at the Zeno Agency on behalf of Martha Millard at Sterling Lord Literistic. The deal reunites William Gibson with his first UK publisher and editor.
Malcolm Edwards, Chairman of Gollancz, said: “Acquiring Neuromancer and Gibson’s other early works was one of the high points of my years at Gollancz in the 1980s, and I’m delighted to bring them back where they belong. They remain absolutely key titles in any account of late 20th century SF.”
William Gibson said: “I’m delighted to see Neuromancer and its two sequels, plus Burning Chrome, return to Victor Gollancz, my first UK publisher, and still more so under the excellent auspices of Malcolm Edwards, their original acquiring editor”
William Gibson’s acclaimed first novel, Neuromancer, was the book that launched the cyberpunk generation. It was the first novel to win the holy trinity of science fiction – the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards –and has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide. Neuromancer appeared on Time magazine’s list of 100 best English-language novels written since 1923 and featured in David Pringle’s seminal Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels. Books 2 and 3 in the Sprawl Trilogy, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive, were also nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards.
Tautly-written and suspenseful, the fourth book in the deal, Burning Chrome, collects 10 of Gibson’s best short stories. These brilliant, high-resolution stories show Gibson’s characters and intensely-realized worlds at his absolute best. The collection contains ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ (filmed starring Keanu Reeves) and title story ‘Burning Chrome’ – both nominated for the Nebula Award – as well as the Hugo-and-Nebula-nominated stories ‘Dogfight’ and ‘The Winter Market’.
New Gollancz paperbacks of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive and Burning Chrome will be published on 14 July 2016, priced at £8.99 / eBook £4.99. There will also be a hardback of Neuromancer published on 8 September 2016 as part of the SF Masterworks series, priced at £12.99.
Praise for the Sprawl Trilogy
‘Set for brainstun…one of the most unusual and involving narratives to be read in many an artificially induced blue moon!’ –The Times
‘A masterpiece that moves faster than the speed of thought and is chilling in its implications’ – The New York Times
‘Brilliant . . . a delight to read. No one can ever hope to out-Gibson Gibson . . . A true original’ –Sunday Times
’Gibson can spin a gripping yarn. He builds up a great head of steam within the first few pages and doesn’t relax until the end’ –Times Literary Supplement.