The book that more or less singlehandedly coined the term “cyberpunk” came out in 1984. It’s dated a bit around the edges—most any book that peers into the digital near-future has suffered that fate. Unfortunately, so has the cover art for the million-plus selling paperback edition, which has come to resemble an Amiga-era screensaver. But at the same time, that digital assemblage perfectly encapsulates the moment in time expressed by the book: this is what we thought the future would be like. In that sense, Neuromancer has a timelessness all its own.
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