Sunday, March 30, 2008

Read Neuromancer

Neuromancer has got to be one of the best books ever. I still cannot
believe how relevant it is today, more than two decades after it was

Most sci-fi only makes perfect sense for a few years. Eventually
technology succeeds in ways unplanned, which takes away a lot of the
thrill of sci-fi books. If a story mentions that 100 Gigabytes is a
lot, it is doomed, soon to be as outdated as the computers it talked

Neuromancer is written almost all the way in metaphors and slang. Yes,
metaphors, and slang. By never taking anything literally, the book has
secured its position of being "timeless". Check out this sentence.
This is the first sentence in the book, and it drops you in the middle
of a world that is both bleak and technologically advanced in ways you
can't imagine.

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

The sky was the color of TV fuzz. In fifteen words to describe the
color of the sky, most of the sentence is spent talking about
technology. This is just great writing, and there aren't many ways to
beat a sci-fi book that starts like this. I can't tell you how many
times I've read this book, but it's more than five. The crown jewel of
William Gibson's career, this story is solid technomagic in action.

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