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All Tomorrow's Parties
Several characters from Gibson's earlier novels, _Virtual Light_ and _Idoru_, turn up again in this millennial tale. Colin Laney, who, due to drugs given him as a child, can sense shifts in the "nodes" of world information patterns, is living in a cardboard box in Tokyo but senses San Francisco will be the site of the next big shift. He sends cop wanne-be Berry Rydell to investigate, right about the time Rydell's ex-girlfriend Chevette Washington is runn...
Burning Chrome
A book of short-stories. This is the book that started it all. From here you can go into the world of Neuromancer. A crowning achievement in the world of cyberspace. ...
Count Zero
A corperate defection gone wrong, voo-doo in cyberspace, a search for a mysterious & creative AI - three parallel plots wind together and find the story's characters involved in events twisted far beyond their comprehension....
Idoru
Colin Laney has an unusual sensitivity for node shifts in the world information flow. After losing his job at Slitscan, a celebrity-tracking news show, he goes to Japan to be hired by a mysterious team that turns out to represent mega rock star Rez of the band Lo/Rez. His handlers are concerned because Rez seems determined to marry Rei Toei, a totally electronic personification of a perfect woman. Chia, a 14-year-old member of the singer's Seattle fan cl...

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Mona Lisa Overdrive
In his third novel, Gibson starts with four disparate threads: 13-year-old Kuniko Yanaka is flown to secluson in London by her powerful Japanese gangster father; 30-something vagrant Slick Henry hangs out in an abandoned New Jersey warehouse, building robots while his "landlord" Gentry tries to discern the shape of cyberspace; megastar Angela Mitchell tries to recover her equilibrium in Malibu and decide her next career move after undergoing drug detox i...
Neuromancer
Case was the one of the best net cowboys, capable of leaving his body and entering the vast data fields of cyberspace, penetrate corporate secrets, and sell to competitors willing to pay his price. Then he made a mistake. He got greedy and stole from one of his employers. They injected him with a mycotoxin that destroyed his talent, confined him to the prison of his flesh. Case travelled to Chiba City in search of a cure, but as time went by and a cur...
Pattern Recognition
Putnam, Feb 2003, 25.95, 368 pp. ISBN: 0399149864 Market researcher Cayce Pollard is considered a guru when it comes to selecting potential products and advertising campaigns that will make it. Recently hired by advertising giant Hubertus Bigend to evaluate a new logo, Cayce travels to London to meet with her client. She pulls no punches when she informs him that she thinks it will fail. Impressed by her fortitude and insight, Hubertus hires...
Virtual Light
After a short and troubled career as a cop in Tennessee, tough guy Berry Rydell moves to LA, becomes a security officer, and takes a free-lance job in the San Fran area. A teenage bicycle messenger named Chevette stole some high-tech VR glasses on a whim from a courier who shortly after turned up dead. Everyone's after the girl, who lives among the homeless and small businesses on the closed-down Bay Bridge (an environment which features in several other...


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