Neuromancer Turns 30: Here’s How It Changed the World
There are some novels that influence a generation; that change the way we think, and the way we look at the world. Some stories, as it turns out, can shape the world they emerge into, and redefine it for their readers. In that context, the fact that a lone science fiction book, thirty years old this month, could have been so incredibly influential on every one of us doesn’t sound so strange – until you realize just how much it has altered the world around us.
Neuromancer was the book that did it for me. When I read it as a teenager it opened my eyes to the possibilities that the world of VR had to offer. I’ve been obsessed ever since. Over the intervening years I’ve watched on as VR came and went and then came again. It finally feels like the technology is starting to catch up to the vision that William Gibson wowed me with.
If you’re unfamiliar with the book, or even if you just haven’t read it for a few years, I highly recommend the article linked to below. It’s very worthy of your attention.