By William Gibson
(Spectra, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553566062, 368pp.)
Publication Date: July 1, 1994
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2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy sister-states of what used to be California. Here the millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wake only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is a bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsively snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But these are no ordinary shades. What you can see through these high-tech specs can make you rich--or get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high. And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash...
"A stunner... A terrifically stylish burst of kick-butt imagination." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Convincing... Frightening...Virtual Light is written with a sense of craft, a sense of humor and a sense of the ultimate seriousness of the problems it explores." -- Chicago Tribune
"In the emerging pop culture of the information age, Gibson is the brightest star." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Although considered the master of 'cyberpunk' science fiction, William Gibson is also one fine suspense writer." -- People
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