By William Gibson
Best-known for his seminal sf novel Neuromancer, William Gibson is absolutely top whilst writing brief fiction. Tautly-written and suspenseful, Burning Chrome collects 10 of his top brief tales with a preface from Bruce Sterling, now to be had for the 1st time in exchange paperback. those exceptional, high-resolution tales express Gibson's characters and intensely-realized worlds at his best possible, from the chip-enhanced couriers of "Johnny Mnemonic" to the street-tech depression of "Burning Chrome."
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After ten years, this pendulum may now be getting ready to swing back the other way. Too many new "novels" are not former magazine serials--however arrived at--but puffed-up novelettes. Some of them were books all along, cut down for magazine use. But by far the greater percentage are not--they are padded, patched together or published in a design form that makes a lousy forty thousand words stretch across too many pages which are mostly margin and elephantiasical type. They are sometimes written by third-rate writers who are being overpaid in compensation for missing the apprenticeship that magazine work forces on its steady practitioners.
My lips are clamped so hard they hurt. I am determined to ignore him until he is so bored he'll find a way to go somewhere else. He'll find someone who knows the rules. "That's it," Harry says, pointing to a tall gray house nearly hidden behind shrubbery. It is beautiful, with bay windows, stained-glass panels, professional landscaping . . A heavyset man in shorts, holding a can of varnish, is touching up a motorboat in the driveway. "Hello," I say, getting out of the car. "I'm looking for Sonia.
It was January 1970, in the middle of my first year at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I had been hired in 1969 fresh out of graduate school and taught my first class that summer. UWGB had just opened as the experimental and innovative campus of the University of Wisconsin and it featured a lot of team teaching and specialized courses. One of those courses was on "Futurism," a movement given a great boost by the publication of Alvin and Heidi Toffler's Future Shock in 1968. It was a January interim four-week, team-taught course and one of the instructors was Professor Patricia Warrick, with whom I shared a small office.
Burning Chrome by William Gibson