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30 Years of William Gibson’s Neuromancer

I’ll have to confess that I read Neuromancer only a couple of years ago, and at the time, didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. It was a book about computers, written before computers were really a thing. The strange thing about William Gibson’s fantastic novel is it’s staying power and how it’s positively brimming with fresh ideas in a genre gone stale by the early 1980s. Going back to re-read Gibson’s works (especially in Burning Chrome), I’m shocked at how vibrant and raw his writing is.

Neuromancer is one of the more important books to enter the genre, and as it celebrates its third decade in print, it’s an interesting one to go back and look upon and to understand just how revolutionary the title was at the time.

Go read 30 Years of William Gibson’s Neuromancer over on Kirkus Reviews.

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Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

2 Comments on 30 Years of William Gibson’s Neuromancer

  1. Neuromancer is one of my two favorite sf novels; All My Sins Remembered is the other.

    I’ve read Fragments of a Hologram Rose, and I was struck by Gibson’s artistry in it.

    The best paragraph I ever read by anyone, anytime occurred in Gibson’s Virtual Light. I quote the paragraph here in its entirety:

    Key. Ignition.

  2. Paul Connelly // August 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm //

    I hate to be a pest again about when authors were writing, but Gibson couldn’t have come across any short stories by Samuel R. Delany in 1950s Galaxy magazines. Delany’s first published works were Ace double novel sides, starting in 1962, and he wasn’t publishing short stories until 1967, about when Gibson would have been turning 19.

    You mention a couple of times that Neuromancer was the polar opposite of the type of science fiction that was prevalent in the early 1980s. Describing what some of the typical works were that were popular at the time, and how Neuromancer differed from them, would have been a nice addition. You’re absolutely right that it was a break with the past, and one of those watershed works that cast a long shadow of influence on the genre.

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