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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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Neuromancer by William Gibson
Neuromancer

William Gaboda, February 13, 2010

William Gibson is one of the originators of the so-called cyper-punk genre of science fiction. Gibson offers plenty of technological wow in his writing, but does so without compromising the writing and story-telling. The story is fascinating and complex, taking place in a 21st century that might easily have become a reality. His characters are sharp if (at least in this early example of his writing) perhaps a little underdeveloped.

Neuromancer is a quest, although we're never sure for what until the end of the book. Even then there's enough doubt that one is drawn right into the two sequel novels (Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive) that follow.

Gibson's writing is clean and simple, never wordy or cloying. If you are unfamiliar with William Gibson, Neuromancer (or his short story collection Burning Chrome) is a great place to begin your acquaintance.
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Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Gateway

William Gaboda, February 13, 2010

One of the classics of latter day science fiction, Gateway is endlessly imaginative, creating the mysterious Heechee while extrapolating a crowded, hungry and miserable Earth. Refugees - future day Forty-niners - hock themselves (and their relatives!) for a chance at finding the left-behind artifacts of the long departed Heechee by flying off on the Heechees' eons old interstellar ships. The lucky few who find remnants of the Heechee are rewarded with vast riches, but most find little and many don't return at all.

Gateway is the first of a series by Frederick Pohl, who is a protean master of hard science fiction. His vision is by turns dazzling, bleak and, always, fascinating.

If you are new to the Heechee saga or Frederick Pohl, Gateway is the place to start.
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