Virtual Light

Virtual Light

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by William Gibson
     
 

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2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy  sister-states of what used to be California. Here the  millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wake  only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry  Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working  for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is

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2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy  sister-states of what used to be California. Here the  millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wake  only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry  Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working  for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is a  bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsively  snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But  these are no ordinary shades. What you can see  through these high-tech specs can make you rich—or  get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the  run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of  DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high.  And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
  "A stunner... A terrifically stylish burst of  kick-butt imagination." — Entertainment  Weekly

"Convincing...  Frightening...Virtual Light is  written with a sense of craft, a sense of humor and a  sense of the ultimate seriousness of the problems  it explores." — Chicago  Tribune

"In the emerging pop culture  of the information age, Gibson is the brightest  star." — The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Although considered the  master of 'cyberpunk' science fiction, William Gibson  is also one fine suspense writer." —  People

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gibson's cyberpunk thriller set in a near-future L.A.--a two-week PW bestseller--depicts the hunt for virtual reality glasses containing classified data. (Aug.)
Carl Hays
Since the ground-breaking "Neuromancer" (1984), Gibson has been the acknowledged dean of cyberpunk, the sf subgenre that merges cutting-edge technology with the street-smart grittiness of crime fiction. In a departure from his first three novels, which plumbed the intricacies of the cyberspace universe called the Matrix, Gibson here follows the sometimes violent misadventures of Rydell, an ex-security guard, and Chevette, a San Francisco bike messenger, as they unwittingly become ensnared in a plot involving a pair of high-tech-virtual-reality sunglasses. When Chevette impulsively steals the glasses from a wealthy customer at a party, she immediately attracts the heat of a private security team that hires Rydell as a driver. After running afoul of his noticeably corrupt employers, Rydell joins forces with Chevette in a perilous contest with their adversaries when the pair discovers the real nature and dire purpose of the sunglasses. Once again, Gibson proves masterly at fusing razor-edged characterizations with a richly textured, crisply described background via electrifying prose. (One particularly ingenious idea here is the transformation of the San Francisco Bay Bridge into a sprawling enclave for the city's homeless.) Much of the novel's conceptual turf is already well-traveled territory for Gibson, but routine Gibson is still superb science fiction. Discriminating fans, whether of cyberpunk in particular or not, won't be disappointed by his latest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553566062
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
227,798
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.96(d)

What People are saying about this

Tom Robbins
If Raymond Chandler had been abducted by sexy alien comediennes and forced to compete in a cybernetic rodeo on the dark side of the moon, he might have come home and written books like Virtual Light.
Robert Crais
Gibson's writing is a diamond sharp kaleidoscope of sensations that will leave you breathless. Do not miss this book!

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Virtual Light (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Loved it. Can't say a bad word. Gets deeper and more prophetic with each novel. Please keep writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although William Gibson is an accomplished science fiction writer (you may or may not know that his seminal debut Neuromancer coined the term 'cyberspace'), this book doesn't do his talents justice. The plot revolves around a bicycle messenger who steals what she assumes to be an ordinary pair of glasses at a party, only to find that she got a lot more than she bargained for. The story is populated by edgy characters, and Gibsons' poetic prose breathes real life into the world he has created (a near-future version of California), but the plot moved slowly and failed to draw me in. This book is the first of a trilogy that includes Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties, so hopefully the story picks up in the next volume.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book on tape i ever heard. I had allready read the print book and was wary of the casset, but Peter Weller (Robo Cop) read it fabulously. The voices he chose for the characters were distinct and fit well with what i had imagened. Its a classic Gibson story and conbined the cyber punk with a slightly different perspective very well (it's told mainly from the pov of non-hackers).