William Gibson, author of the extraordinary multiaward-winning novel Neuromancer, has written his most brilliant and thrilling work to date . . .The Mona Lisa Overdrive. Enter Gibson's unique world–lyric and mechanical, erotic and violent, sobering and exciting–where multinational corporations and high tech outlaws vie for power, traveling into the computer-generated universe known as cyberspace. Into this world comes Mona, a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is on a collision course with internationally famous Sense/Net star Angie Mitchell. Since childhood, Angie has been able to tap into cyberspace without a computer. Now, from inside cyberspace, a kidnapping plot is masterminded by a phantom entity who has plans for Mona, Angie, and all humanity, plans that cannot be controlled . . . or even known. And behind the intrigue lurks the shadowy Yazuka, the powerful Japanese underworld, whose leaders ruthlessly manipulate people and events to suit their own purposes . . . or so they think.
Praise for Returning to Zero:
“Johnston's new book takes us to new twists and turns arising from his first book, Counting from Zero. Full of geek humor and McGyver-like episodes, the story intersperses useful security advice with the evolving plot line. I found it a fast and enjoyable read and I think others will, too.”
– Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer
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The U.S. is being subjected to a cyber attack. The country’s infrastructure is crumbling. Air, rail, gas and electric services have ground to a halt. With banks unable to operate, ATMs out of money and store shelves bare of food, people are starting to loot and commit even more serious crimes. The U.S. is just days away from anarchy. A wealthy industrialist in China, Lee Han, has turned on hidden “logic bombs”, which have broken all internet connections between and among the public and private sectors in the U.S. Han is planning to draw the Chinese Government into war by sinking his own fleet of fishing ships within the territorial waters of South Korea, Taiwan, and The Philippines. Han’s next step is to cut off the U.S. military internet, halting any U.S. response. China needs only a narrow window of opportunity to secure their gains. At stake are billions of dollars in oil and gas hidden under the disputed islands. With the help of an imprisoned computer hacker, a rogue CIA agent, and Lee Han’s mistress, Paul Decker slices a path through Han’s organization. But can he get to the saboteur in time to stop the invasion?
A Revolutionary Philosophical Work
"It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man." Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason The Age of Reason was written by Thomas Paine as a Deist text which was well received in the United States in the late 18th century but seen as too incendiary in the United Kingdom. The Age of Reason challenges the idea of state religion and the legitimacy of the Bible.
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Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene–it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.
Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term “cyberpunk,” for easing the way into the information age and Internet society. Neuromancer‘s virtual reality has become real. And yet, William Gibson's gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that lead mankind ever further into the future.