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August's Sci-Fi - Neuromancer by William Gibson

Please join us as we discuss Neuromancer by William Gibson, the sci-fi classic and the first novel to hold the triple crown: winning the 1985 Hugo and Nebula awards and the 1984 Philip K. Dick award. The novel is also listed among Time Magazine's 100 best books in the English language, and remains one of the most influential works in speculative fiction, and the archetypal work of the cyberpunk sub-genre. The book is a fairly quick read, at about 271 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. The smaller morning session can be found here.

From Amazon:

The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the century's most potent visions of the future.

A debut novel set for brain stun! Streetwise SF... one of the most unusual and involving narratives to be read in many an artificially induced blue moon!”  — London Times


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Suyong

    As someone unfamiliar with the this genre, really enjoyed the discussion today.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    Here's a list of iconic Cyberpunk recommendations from today's discussion: Books:
    Neuromancer by William Gibson
    Synners by Pat Cadigan
    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    Transmetropolitan by Harlan Ellison
    Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
    The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran
    Shadowrun Role-Playing game and tie-ins

    Media:
    Ghost in the Shell (Movie)
    Max Headroom (TV)

    August 25, 2013

  • Andrew L.

    Sorry. My alarm didn't wake me...

    August 25, 2013

  • Rahsaan W

    I thought I was done with the audio book, but I I'm only 1/2 way through. Next time

    August 24, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone. Just a reminder to please update your RSVP if your availability has changed, to avoid a no-show and to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend. See you on Sunday!

    August 22, 2013

    • Vijay

      @Cheryl: Yes, you're in the 12:30 session.

      August 22, 2013

    • Cheryl

      If I can switch into the morning session, let me know.

      August 23, 2013

  • Prashant

    I have not had a chance to re-read this because of moving. :-( I remember enjoying the book, but not details, so figured I'd give someone else a chance to attend.

    August 22, 2013

  • Vijay

    Now that we're less than a week out, if your availability has changed or you're no longer interested in attending, please update your RSVP asap and give someone on our rather deep waitlist a chance to attend. Thanks!

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would LOVE to come to one of these sometime, but unexpected company arriving Sat evening.

    August 14, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, I hope you're enjoying the book!

    We have a very deep waitlist for this discussion, so if your availability has changed or you're no longer interested in attending, please update your RSVP as soon as possible to give someone else a chance. Thanks!

    August 14, 2013

  • Smita K.

    An extra Sat session might work too.:)

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Kent

    @ Andrew Lewis - there is ALWAYS a morning session!!! That's how we've structured and run the group for more than a year now.

    August 9, 2013

    • Andrew L.

      It's neither scheduled, and the event description says add a smaller morning session, if needed. (Though it seems to me that a larger morning session is needed).

      August 9, 2013

    • Vijay

      The event description also states that the morning session isn't added until 1-2 weeks prior (we're not there yet), and as Kent said, we will be holding one, which answers your question, Andrew. The exact size of the session will be at our discretion, but as we always have, we'll do everything we can to accommodate all who are interested without compromising the quality of the discussion.

      August 9, 2013

  • Andrew L.

    46 names on the wait list. Think there will be a morning session?

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is one I already own and have read multiple times, so it would be good to discuss it with other people.

    July 25, 2013

  • Karen

    Ok I'm getting this book today so hopefully I'll be moved off the waiting list! Yes? ;)

    July 24, 2013

  • lindel

    I read this a long time ago

    July 21, 2013

  • Andrew L.

    Argh. Full house again. AND I just a few weeks ago emailed about this book...

    July 19, 2013

  • Paul

    It's been AGES since I read this book!

    July 19, 2013

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