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Preface / by Bruce Sterling — Johnny Mnemonic — The Gernsback continuum — Fragments of a hologram rose — The belonging kind / by John Shirley and William Gibson — Hinterlands — Red star, winter orbit / by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson — New Rose Hotel — The winter market — Dogfight / by Michael Swanwick and William Gibson — Burning Chrome.

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Katherine Stuart, October 26, 2008 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
This collection of short stories shows a developing William Gibson. The intro is written by Bruce Sterling who co-wrote one of the stories and later co-wrote The Difference Engine. Not surprisingly Sterling writes a glowing introduction.
For the most part Sterling’s praise of Gibson is well-deserved. Gibson’s prose is highly charged. His view of future technology which he so deftly creates is complex so it can be at once hopeful and bleak, our salvation and our downfall. Creating technology from an extension of what already exists is his forte. This means that sometimes his plot lines and character development can be shallow and seem to be repetitious. Many of his main characters are male techno-geeks who operate outside the system and while they may not be exact replicas of one another, they often bear a blurring resemblance.
At his best however Gibson overcomes this handicap fusing a vivid vision of the near future with powerful plot and carefully created characters. My favorite I think would be “The Gernsback Continuum” which has all the shiny optimism so reminiscent of the sci fi of the 30s and 40s. It’s in stories like this one that the reader can see that though he favors a claustrophobic, post-apocalyptic, technology-infused story, he is beautifully capable of writing outside that paradigm. He collaborates well. Despite the fact that The Difference Engine falls flat, “Red Star, Winter Orbit” is well written, well plotted, and really a rather extraordinary nod to the ingenuity of Americans. The collaborations with John Shirley and Michael Swanwick are also solid. Overall this collection is an extraordinary overview of one of sci fi’s best.
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Product Details

Gibson, William
Gibson, William
New York :
Science Fiction - General
General Fiction
Edition Number:
Ace ed.
Edition Description:
B-Mass Market
Ace Science Fiction
Series Volume:
no. 65
Publication Date:
October 1987
Grade Level:
6.87x4.17x.61 in. .24 lbs.

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