"Neuromancer" by William Gibson (1984)
"'Autonomy, that's the bugaboo, where your AI's are concerned. My guess, Case, you're going in there to cut the hardwired shackles that keep this baby from getting any smarter."
William Gibson is a Canadian-American author, best known for pioneering the cyberpunk genre and inventing the term "cyberspace." He's written many books, and his writing career stretches back to the late 70s.
In Neuromancer, a hacker down on his luck is sent on a mission by a form of artificial intelligence. Along the way he crosses paths with clones, space Rastafarians, and cybernetically enhanced ninjas.
And that's about it really. It's a short book. It's also Gibson's first novel, and I've got to say that as first novels go, it blows most other first novels out of the water. It's lean, it's action-packed, and gets straight to the point in a rather poetic fashion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it's easy to see its influence over subsequent books, movies, and even music.
Strange to say, and despite my decades reading science fiction, this is the first of Gibson's novels I've read. I look forward to reading more soon, and I think it'll be interesting to compare this, his earliest effort, to more recent works by the same author.
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