Amph Any one here a William Gibson reader?

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  1. Merlyn_Gabriel Jedi Master

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    Just curious, I did a search but could not find anything here, so please forgive if it has already been brought up before.
    I have read all his books and wonder if anyone else here enjoys them?

    Would love to start a discussion :)

  2. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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    I read a couple of his books but it was years ago. They are probably still in a bookcase here. I remember liking them but no real story details.
  3. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    What has he written? What are they about? Sci-fi or fantasy?
  4. Forcefire Jedi Master

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    William Gibson is a sci-fi author, one of the pioneers of the cyberpunk movement. He coined the term cyberspace in his book Neuromancer.

    Neuromancer is the only thing of his that I've read, but I really (really really) enjoyed it. I believe it has one of the greatest first sentences of all time, so good in fact that I will not spoil it here.

    A quick Google search unveils his official site.
  5. MatRags Jedi Padawan

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    I just finished Neuromancer and loved it. The characters, the setting, the mood, the style. . . all great. The AI characters, Wintermute and the Neuromancer, are right up there with Hal from 2001 and Mike from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

    I think I'm going to read his Idoru next since it's the only book of his the library had in.
  6. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Gibson's earlier writing suffers from his relative inexperience as a writer - they are still exceptionally cool, but pale compared to his later works.

    If you liked Neuromancer, the next books you should read are "Count Zero", also by Gibson, and "Snowcrash" by Neil Stephenson.

    E_S
  7. Jedi_Dajuan Administrator Emeritus

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    I think he had a book that was based in St. Louis that I tried to read, but only remember it being rather dry. He does Sci Fi, IIRC. One I attempted was an end of the world type book.
  8. Kol_Skywalker Jedi Padawan

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    Just finished reading Neuromancer a few hours ago. Definately a book that I will need to re-read. Will eventually get the other two novels in the 'Sprawl' trilogy.

    Next up is a postcyberpunk novel, Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash.
  9. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    I am nearing the end of Neuromancer (took me a while because I lost the book in the middle of reading it.) Going to have to go back over it though I think because there's a lot in there that went a bit over my head. Nevertheless really enjoyed it so far.
  10. Kol_Skywalker Jedi Padawan

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    Surely, Neuromancer is one of those novels that you have to read multiple times in order to say that you fully "Got it".
  11. Gonk Jedi Knight

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    I read a good amount of Neuromancer, but for some reason I started becoming bored with it. It was really great work, and things really flew through the early parts with the Panther Moderns and such, but after a while the ideas started to run out for me.
  12. padawanlost Jedi Padawan

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    I've loved everything I've ever read of his. Neuromancer and Count Zero are both great.

    The wonderfulf thing with Gibson is that technology has made much of his sci-fi into fact, in his own lifetime. I find that amazing.

    And better yet, the books don't seem dated, twentysome years later.


    If anyone's a real die hard Gibson fan, the lyrics to Sonic Youth's album Daydream Nation are crammed with references to characters and places in Gibson stories.
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