William Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, won the Hugo Award, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and the Nebula Award in 1984. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and The Peripheral. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.
Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, was greeted with hosannas and showered with awards. This second book, set in the same universe, again offers a faddish, glitzy surface not unlike that of Miami Vice. Gibson's central image is the shadow boxes constructed by the artist Joseph Cornell, collections of seemingly unrelated objects whose juxtaposition creates a new impression. In the same fashion, the novel has three protagonists, each of whom is putting together jigsaw clues in pursuit of his separate goal. The corporate headhunter, the art dealer and the computer hacker all find themselves being manipulatedjust as the author contrives to have their paths converge. This book is less appealing and less verbally skillful than Gibson's first novel, dense and dour as that was, but readers who liked that one will want to see this as well. (March 26)
"Potent and heady."--Philadelphia Daily News
"An intriguing cast of characters and a tough, glitzy image of computer consciousness and the future of mankind."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Count Zero shares with Neuromancer that novel's stunning use of language, breakneck pacing, technological innovation, and gritty brand-name realism."--Fantasy Review
"William Gibson's prose, astonishing in its clarity and skill, becomes high-tech electric poetry."--Bruce Sterling
"Suspense, action...a lively story...a sophisticated version of the sentient computer, a long way from the old models that were simply out to Rule the World."--Locus