Published by Ace Books on July 1st 1984
The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .
Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.
Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the century's most potent visions of the future.
I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book. I’ve been a fan of cyberpunk for years, but hadn’t read one of it’s first hits. Terrible.
I read this around the same time as my wife so we got to have couples book club to discuss it when we were done. She wrote a review here.
This is one of those books that have a “that just happened” stun during and directly after reading it, but then follow with a few weeks/months of the story and characters popping back into your thoughts. We went to see Blade Runner 2049 a week after reading so we were steeped in visuals of futuristic cities crawling with genetically modified humans, androids, and future tech.
I’ve always had technophile tendencies which is what got me into computer programming at a young age so dystopian and bleak futures predicted by cyberpunk don’t bother me as long as there is a helping of tech to cover the harshness.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the Sprawl series and some of the other books in the genre.
This was book number 44 of 52 for 2017.