The Classics: ‘Burning Chrome’

Burning Chrome Classics

The Classics are must-see, must-read, must-play works revered by The Verge staff. They offer glimpses of the future, glimpses of humanity, and a glimpse of our very souls. You should check them out.

Near-future science fiction can age poorly, and the stuff that seemed coolest in its time often fares the worst. But though his books are always firmly rooted in their era, William Gibson somehow consistently manages to escape this. Maybe it’s that he seemed to be winking when he put his characters in black leather and mirrorshades: yes, I know they’re trying too hard. Maybe it’s because his worlds were self-contained enough that they now feel like alternate histories where people still use cassettes rather than a failed attempt at…

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