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Cadigan writes about Neuromancer

William Gibson


Book: Neuromancer.

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Without hesitation. Even after 20+ years, it's great.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

My own career as a writer was just beginning. I was in my early thirties, living in the US.

Recollection and revelations

So many of us, writers as well as readers, had been watching Bill develop via his short stories, most of them published in Omni Magazine by fiction editor Ellen Datlow. We were all looking forward to his first novel. It was published as a Terry Carr Discovery by Ace, as a paperback original--a very humble publication for such a ground-breaking book. It seemed to enrage many of the "old guard" in sf. Others who were more forward-thinking recognized it as the beginning of a new era for written science fiction--a new imaginativeness, a new maturity, and a new level of accomplishment. It raised the quality bar for writers in the genre.

Before this...

Stand On Zanzibar by John Brunner

An innovative and brilliant book that foreshadowed William Gibson and the entire cyberpunk movement.

After This

Fairyland by Paul McAuley

Not to mention work by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Kim Newman, Tricia Sullivan, and M. John Harrison, among others. Paul McAuley belongs to the classic tradition of science fiction writers who also happen to be scientists. He is one of the foremost of the writers whose work combines a 21st century sensibility with high literary quality--intelligent entertainment.

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