by Ramez Naam
I started this one the other day, after finishing a whirlwind read of William Gibson’s The Peripheral. I hadn’t read anything by Gibson in a while, and so I thought I’d see what he’d been up to lately. (Gibson is known for popularizing (inventing?) “cyberpunk” as a genre, and for coining the term “cyberspace,” so he’s got a reputation.) I was kind of shocked (again?) at the way Gibson just sort fo drops you in the deep end and lets you flounder around—a bleak and not-so-distant future full of slightly off situations and terminology that’s never really explained, just kind of revealed over time. Or not. But that’s ok. I like Gibson’s choppy writing, clipped conversations, the way he creates characters with just a few strokes that, over time, kind of grow on you. Anyway, I finished that one in a few days—really dug it, I guess. (Not enough to read the sort-of-sequel, though, so I’m not sure what that means…)
And now this.
What else is cyberpunky? I asked myself. Maybe I’m in the mood for more of that.