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26 October 2016
Back in the winter of 2015, when the world was a gentler, simpler place, we announced the return of William Gibson’s Neuromancer to its original UK publisher – indeed, to its original UK editor!
Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, is delighted to announce their acquisition of William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy, comprising Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive and a collection of short fiction, Burning Chrome. William Gibson’s Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the 20th century’s most potent visions of the future.
Malcolm Edwards, Chairman of Gollancz, said: ‘Acquiring Neuromancer and Gibson’s other early works was one of the high points of my years at Gollancz in the 1980s, and I’m delighted to bring them back where they belong. They remain absolutely key titles in any account of late 20th century SF.’
William Gibson said: ‘I’m delighted to see Neuromancer and its two sequels, plus Burning Chrome, return to Victor Gollancz, my first UK publisher, and still more so under the excellent auspices of Malcolm Edwards, their original acquiring editor’
We are now proud and excited to reveal the covers to this seminal work of science fiction and its follow-up volumes.
[Image by Daniel Brown; Design by Sinem Erkas]
The cover images were generated by a computer program, designed by award-winning artist, Daniel Brown, which uses fractal mathematics to create unique 3-D shapes that he then explores, looking for interesting forms. After he has isolated and tweaked the shapes to produce something he likes, the program overlays elements from his portfolio of architectural photos, to produce amazing Escheresque images of ‘impossible buildings’.
Daniel Brown said: ‘I had been experimenting with generating architecture via computer code. As a project it was still in its infancy and without real purpose. Then William Gibson contacted me, and stated it was exactly how he had envisaged The Sprawl. In an uncanny way the code found its own purpose.’
[Images by Daniel Brown, Design by Sinem Erkas]
‘To be contacted by William Gibson for the designs was about the highest praise I could imagine. There’s no industry Award that can top that.’
Neuromancer will be published in mass market paperback 8th December.
Burning Chrome will be published in eBook 9th February 2017.