Tape 1, side 1

William Gibson Reads Neuromancer

The author Ray Bradbury is

one of the early science fiction authors that moved science fiction

into a literary form.

As a writer Bradbury constructs beautifully

written stories and novels.

Bradbury’s writing is in stark contrast

to Bradbury as a speaker.

The first time I heard Ray Bradbury speak

was at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) yearly conference

in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

Hearing Bradbury speak is an almost

painful experience.

The pictures that Bradbury can paint with the

written word seem to be entirely missing when Bradbury speaks.

He is

halting, awkward and does not seem to know where he wants to go

in his talk.

In contrast to Bradbury, listenting to William Gibson has the feel of

his written work.

The same complex world view and sentence structure

is there, although not as finely edited.

An example of this can be

found in the documentary made about William Gibson, No Maps for these Territories.

This documentary includes extensive interviews with William Gibson.

No Maps also provides a glimpse of the way Gibson looks at the

interconnections and relationships in the world around us.

This view

of Gibson’s mind shows us his genius.

The mirror between William Gibson’s spoken voice and his written voice

gives special force to his readings of his work.

Early in his career

Gibson did an abridged reading of Neuromancer, his first novel

and the work that made him famous.

It was in this novel that Gibson

coined the term cyberspace.

This reading was only published on

audio-tape and is now out of print.

I hate the idea that Gibson’s wonderful reading of Neuromancer

should be lost or inaccessable.

I was only able to hear it because

the Mountain View (California) Library had a copy.

Fortunately I’ve

been able to find an MP3 copy of these audio tapes.

They can be

downloaded below.

I am only providing these MP3s because the original has been out of

print for years.

As a software engineer I believe that I should be

paid for my work.

If I hold this view then it is only reasonable that

I should also believe that artist should be paid for their work.

All

of the software and music I own I have paid for (or is open source).

I would prefer that the publisher re-issue the audio-tape of William

Gibson’s reading in a more modern format (perhaps CD) and that William

Gibson collect royalties on this work.

Gibson’s reading has been out

of print so long that I can only assume that this is unlikely to

happen.

If you’re a fan of William Gibson I hope that others will mirror these

files as well so that they will never be lost.

This reading was published on four magnetic tape audio cassetts.

These have been re-recorded in MP3 format:

Neuromancer (abridged) read by William Gibson

Tape 1, side 1

Tape 1, side 2

Tape 2, side 1

Tape 2, side 2

Tape 3, side 1

Tape 3, side 2

Tape 4, side 1

Tape 4, side 2

An

on-line copy of William Gibson’s Neuromancer

Neuromancer is one of the few books that I’ve read many times.

All of

Gibson’s books are good (well, except for The Difference

Engine, but that’s Bruce Sterling’s fault).

Neuromancer is

still in print, so you should go out an buy a copy if you want to read

it.

Writers pay their bills from the royalties from book sales.

I’ve

included the link above in case you want to get a feel for the book

before you buy it (even paperback books are not cheap these days).

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