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Neuromancer

Published in 1984, Neuromancer was William Gibson's first novel, and won him the 1985 Hugo Award, 1985 Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and the 1984 Nebula award.

The novel is considered by many to be the first proper cyberpunk novel.

Set in a dystopic, plausible, all-too-near-future, this book explored ideas such as artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, multinational corporations dominating the world at the expense of the nation-state, and cyberspace (a computer network called the matrix) long before these ideas were fashionable in popular culture. Gibson also suggested the dehumanizing effects of a world dominated by ubiquitous and cheap technology, where violence and the free market are the only things that one can rely upon.

Reference: William Gibson, Neuromancer, published by Ace Books, ISBN 0441569595

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