Neuromancer (1984)

Case had once been one of the best cyber-cowboys, at least until a former employer caught him double-crossing him, and damaged his nervous system irreparable. Unable to enter the matrix, the worldwide information network, Case is only a shadow of his former self, until a new and mysterious employer promises to heal him, if Case works for him.

Gibson got all the computer stuff wrong, but because he did he was able to make it much more fascinating and compelling than the reality of it. And what he got right was the people, the style and the atmosphere of his future.

For a short time it looked like Neuromancer was the future, Gibson’s book was the epitome of the zeitgeist of its decade. That was the reason why the book became famous, the right time and the right place. But it couldn’t have succeeded if there had only been style, the meat of the book were interesting characters and an excellent SFnal plot whose conclusion was nothing short of brilliant.