Burning Chrome

Burning Chrome

Book - 1986
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Baker & Taylor
Ten stories deal with a human memory bank, UFOs, sleep machines, interstellar travel, a Soviet space station, and computer crime

Publisher: New York : Arbor House, c1986
ISBN: 9780877957805
0877957800
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 22 cm

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scribby
Sep 14, 2017

In this collection of short stories, science fiction takes a left turn. With almost detective/noir styling, Gibson takes us into a computerized near-future world with hologram hobbyists (“Dogfight”), or a near-future world that used to exist (“The Gernsback Continuum”), or a world of secret life-forms that exist alongside of us, hidden (“The Belonging Kind”). Several of these stories are set in the same cyberpunk universe as the groundbreaking novel “Neuromancer” and its sequels. Like those novels, these short stories may seem a little too dense at first read; but understanding comes as they are read together. By the middle of the book, the reader realizes: this is fun stuff.

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hgibbins
Aug 08, 2017

An interesting mix of stories, but I can't say that I thought any of them to be outstanding. I've never read any of Gibson's work before, and while the stories are interesting, they weren't really my thing.

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sat7
Oct 05, 2016

Many of the stories contained herein are outstanding. I am just not a compilation book person however, I do enjoy short story. Just not in a compilation format. Worth your time -

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lukasevansherman
Aug 11, 2016

Canadian author William Gibson started out sci-fi (He coined the term "cyberpunk."), but his more recent novels like "Spook Country" have more in common with the cutting edge paranoid style of DeLillo and Pynchon, while Ballard also feels like a big influence. This collection, introduced by both Gibson and Bruce Sterling, includes some of his earliest writing and features collaborations with John Shirley, Sterling, and Michael Swanwick. "Johnny Mnemoic" would be the basis for a pretty bad Keanu Reeves that, nonetheless, felt like a warm-up for "The Matrix."

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Oct 30, 2012

William Gibson's collection of short stories found in Burning Chrome is an excellent and thought provoking experience. His densely informative writing style should be read slower than normal so as to savour everything being given to the reader. Burning Chrome itself shows the origins of 'the Matrix', used by the Wachowski brothers in their epic cinematic trilogy. A perfect place to start for those wishing to become familiar with cyberpunk literature. I decided to read this as a lead up to Gibson's Sprawl trilogy which includes the famous Neuromancer. Highly recommended for all fans of science ficition.

lasertravis Jul 12, 2011

Pure cyberpunk genius. A collection of short stories ( a couple are in mirrorshades-ones I didn't care for, actually ) one of which is more horror, and a few that are just straight sci-fi, but the rest are pure cyberpunk. Quick, gripping tales from a variety of dark futures. I used this and Mirrorshades to prepare to read Neuromancer and I feel I am ready. Gritty, no nonsense fun.

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