One of the defining novels of the 20th Century Neuromancer was prescient in ways no one could have imagined. Referenced in the way we speak about and see the internet and technology, from cyberspace to The Matrix, it was – and remains – a masterpiece.
Count Zero and Mona Lisa Smile continue the story of the Sprawl, while Burning Chrome collects short stories including the Nebula-shortlisted Johnny Mnemonic.
Count Zero by William Gibson
Nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, COUNT ZERO is book two of William Gibson’s groundbreaking Neuromancer Trilogy.
“They set a Slamhound on Turner’s trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the colour of his hair.”
When the Maas Biolabs and Hosaka zaibatsus fight it out for world domination, computer cowboys like Turner and Count Zero are just foot soldiers in the great game: useful but ultimately expendable.
When Turner wakes up in Mexico – in a new body with a beautiful woman beside him – his corporate masters let him recuperate for a while, then reactivate his memory for a mission even more dangerous than the one that nearly killed him: the head designer from Maas Biolabs says he wants to defect to Hosaka, and it’s Turner’s job to deliver him safely.
Count Zero is a rustbelt data-hustler totally unprepared for what comes his way when the designer’s defection triggers war in cyberspace. With voodoo gods in the Net and angels in the software, he can only hope that the megacorps and the super-rich have their virtual hands too full to notice the amateur hacker with the black market kit trying desperately to stay alive . . .
‘A masterly peek into the computer-obsessed electronic global ghetto, narrated in a futuristic slang-enriched vocabulary’ Time Out
‘Gibson is the Raymond Chandler of SF’ Observer
‘Gibson is up your alley. He is a technological fantasist with unparalleled sensitivity . . wired direct to the mains’ New Musical Express
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
The final volume of Hugo and Nebula Award-winner William Gibson’s seminal Neuromancer Trilogy.
“The ghost was her father’s parting gift, presented by a black-clad secretary in a departure lounge at Narita…”
Mona is a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is turned upside down when her pimp sells her to a plastic surgeon in New York and overnight she’s turned into someone else.
Angie Mitchell is a famous Hollywood Sense/Net star with a special talent. And despite the efforts of studio bosses to keep her in ignorance, Angie’s started remembering things. Soon she’ll discover who she really is . . . and why she doesn’t need a deck in order to enter cyberspace.
From inside the matrix, plots are set in motion and human beings are being played like pieces on a board. And behind the intrigue lurks the shadowy Yazuka, the powerful Japanese underworld, whose leaders ruthlessly manipulate people and events to suit their own purposes.
Or so they think . . .
‘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
‘Brilliant . . . a delight to read. No one can ever hope to out-Gibson Gibson . . . A true original’ Sunday Times
‘A chillingly plausible blueprint of the near-future’ Evening Standard
Burning Chrome by William Gibson
A collection of masterful short fiction from the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Award-winning author of NEUROMANCER.
Best-known for his seminal sf novel NEUROMANCER, William Gibson is also a master of short fiction. Tautly-written and suspenseful, BURNING CHROME collects 10 of his best short stories with a preface from Bruce Sterling, co-Cyberpunk and editor of the seminal anthology MIRRORSHADES.
These brilliant, high-resolution stories show Gibson’s characters and intensely-realized worlds at his absolute best. 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’.
‘A fistful of fast, challenging, hot-wired short stories’ New Musical Express
‘Furiously inventive, brilliantly written, the cutting edge of SF’ Guardian
‘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 Times
Burning Chrome is out now in paperback and ebook.