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Happy Birthday, William Gibson!

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

With this iconic opening line from his debut novel, Neuromancer, William Gibson lit the blue touch paper on the nascent sub-genre known as Cyberpunk.

Although Gibson did not invent Cyberpunk (that honour goes to Bruce Bethke in the November 1983 issue of Amazing Stories), he did coin the term ‘cyberspace’ in the title story of his 1986 collection Burning Chrome. And Neuromancer was clearly a book that SF readers were ready for. It won the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards, and has been regularly picked as one of the twentieth century’s most important works of fiction.

Gollancz is delighted to have welcomed William Gibson’s Neuromancer books back home to Gollancz (where they were originally published by our very own Malcolm Edwards), and we are proud and pleased to be publishing new editions of Neuromancer, its follow-up novels Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive and story collection Burning Chrome in stunning new editions.


Happy Birthday, William Gibson!