Virtual Light

Virtual Light

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
In 2005, in two Californias divided along seismic fault lines of power and wealth, ex-cop Berry Rydell is assigned to track people down through a maze of Virtual Reality

Blackwell North Amer
Now, with his most fascinating novel to date, Gibson looks into our very near future, bringing it into sharp and darkly comic focus.
Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, 2005, the uneasy sister-states of Northern and Southern California, in a nation and society still divided along seismic fault lines of wealth and power...chasms seldom crossed except in fear, exploitation, or violence. The millennium has come and gone, leaving in its wake the ruins of our outworn modern era and the first chaotic suggestions of a new paradigm.
In Tokyo a new city is growing from the rubble of Godzilla the Superquake. In San Francisco Mr. Yamazaki, a Japanese anthropology student, investigates the deeper meaning of an anarchic squatter community constructed around the disused Bay Bridge. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Berry Rydell just wants to make a living. Not the easiest thing for an ex-cop from Tennessee to do - now that the network has decided not to base that episode of Cops in Trouble on his brief but all too eventful career with the Knoxville P.D. Rydell signs on with IntenSecure Armed Response, driving a six-wheeled Hotspur Hussar...
It's only a matter of time before he runs into Chevette Washington, a bicycle messenger who has just crashed the wrong party...and who is about to pick the pocket of another kind of courier - an employee of Costa Rica's Medellin-financed havens of illicit data.
When IntenSecure sends Rydell to San Francisco to drive for Lucius Warbaby, a skip-tracer in the Virtual Reality maze of DatAmerica, Rydell and Chevette find themselves on a journey into the ecstasy and dread that mirror each other at the heart of the postmodern experience.
A tour de force of relentless suspense, daring insight, and graphic intensity Virtual Light is a provocative and unforgettable portrait of life on the edge of the twenty-first century.

Baker
& Taylor

In 2005, in two Californias divided along seismic fault lines of power and wealth, ex-cop Berry Rydell is assigned to track people down through a maze of Virtual Reality. By the author of Neuromancer. 55,000 first printing. $55,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1993
ISBN: 9780553074994
0553074997
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 24 cm

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Apr 10, 2019

Clever is the perfect word to describe this. Great SciFi -

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 08, 2013

Rent-a-cops, reality television stars, bike messengers, and the Russian Mob collide in this dark cyberpunk thriller by Vancouver’s favourite sci-fi author. Gibson’s predictions about media, smart devices, and the rise of the Internet are chillingly accurate for 1993, but the pace of the action never bogs down in technophile indulgence. The first book in the Bridge Trilogy, a series centered on the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge re-imagined as a labyrinth shantytown on the edge of society.

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Bridge Trilogy, book 1

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