ZERO HISTORY by William Gibson continues his critique of contemporary civilization through a window of technology that renders the everyday into science fiction.
We follow a complex and sophisticated plot revolving about shadowy, powerful and unscrupulous figures that use the more sympathetic protagonists to further their financial and political ends. Think something like a James Bond story told by a cyberpunk sophisticate. There is adventure aplenty and lots of action. Cutting edge technologies and their implications further the action that is intense and unrelenting.
One of the rare books to wear the coveted triple-crown of science-fiction, winning all three major prizes in the genre (the Hugo, Phillip K. Dick, Nebula awards), as well as being included on Time Magazineâ€™s 1995 list, â€œAll TIME 100 Best Novels,” it isnâ€™t hyperbolic to claim that William Gibsonâ€™s 1983 classic, NEUROMANCER, is a must-read in our world of ubiquitous WI-FI, 24-hour connectedness, and the Blue Brain reverse engineering project, a world in which a recent Time magazine cover claimed The Singularity would be upon is in less than 40 years.
August 21, 2011
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Tags: A.I., Cyberpunk, Cyberspace, Identity, Sprawl, William Gibson Â· Posted in: Classic, Debut Novel, Hugo Award, Japan, Nebula Award Winner, Philip K. Dick Award, Speculative (Beyond Reality), y Award Winning Author