Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Lines Second Thoughts — Neuromancer



 First Lines Second Thoughts is a whimsical look at the first lines of well known literary works. On second thought, do these opening sentences stand alone as works of literature? Today, we look at Neuromancer by William Gibson. Published in 1984.

The sky above the port
was the color of television,
tuned to a dead channel.


— William Gibson


Neuromancer — the debut novel by William Gibson — is also the seminal cyberpunk novel. This noir tale of the suicidal computer hacker Henry Dorsett Case won the sci-fi triple crown when it was released in 1984 winning the Nebula, Philip K. Dick, and Hugo Awards.