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  • "You know," said the Finn, "I got a pair of shoes older than you are."
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. repr. Burning Chrome, Ace Books (1987). "Burning Chrome," Omni (July 1982).
  • Bobby read his future in women; his girls were omens, changes in the weather, and he'd sit all night in the Gentleman Loser waiting for the season to lay a new face down in front of him like a card.
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. repr. Burning Chrome, Ace Books (1987). "Burning Chrome," Omni (July, 1982).

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  • You could see his sunglasses scanning those faces as they passed, and he must have decided that Rikki's was the one he was waiting for, the wild card and the luck changer. The new one.
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. repr. Burning Chrome, Ace Books (1987). "Burning Chrome," Omni (July 1982).
  • He seemed to be of no particular race, or, in certain lights, to belong to some race that nobody else belonged to.
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. Count Zero, ch. 6, Arbor House (1986). Describing Leon.
  • The written word still enjoyed a certain prestige here. It was a sluggish country.
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. Neuromancer, ch. 7, Ace Science Fiction (1984). Describing a street scene in Istanbul, Turkey, in a dystopian near-future.
  • It's not like bullshit, more like poetry.
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. Molly Millions (razor-girl, former "meat-puppet," and antiheroine) in Neuromancer. Ch. 8, Ace Science Fiction (1984). Describing the visionary language of the Rastafarians of "Zion cluster," an orbiting colony in a dystopian near-future.

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  • The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. Neuromancer, ch. 1, Ace Science Fiction (1984). Infamous opening sentence of the quintessential "cyberpunk" novel.

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  • The high wore away, the chromed skeleton corroding hourly, flesh growing solid, the drug-flesh replaced with the meat of his life. He couldn't think. He liked that very much, to be conscious and unable to think.
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. Neuromancer, ch. 12, Ace Science Fiction (1984).

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  • The designers [of the 1930s] were populists, you see; they were trying to give the public what it wanted. What the public wanted was the future.
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. repr. Burning Chrome, Ace Books (1987). "The Gernsback Continuum," Universe 11, ed. Terry Carr (1981).

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  • She walked on, comforted by the surf, by the one perpetual moment of beach-time, the now-and-always of it.
    William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. Mona Lisa Overdrive, ch. 3, Bantam Spectra (1988).

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