May 01

Steampunk Willie

Max Bathroom comments: “The Raymond Chandler of SF”, my arse: Gibson’s blatantly doing Ian Fleming in this one.

Published 2000

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.62 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Count Zero”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    me out.

  2. Steve S Says:

    Tony Iommi (or is it Slash) launches his new range off Kinder surprise.

  3. fred Says:

    I think we’ve found Christopher Walken’s Shaddam attire for Dune 2.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    I think William Gibson is the William Gibson of sci-fi.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    Given that the book details a literal war between the Goths and the Casuals, with tanks and everything, you’d think this dude would have either a Lacoste crocodile or Robert Smth hair.

    William Gibson was the Gary Crowley of SF.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m getting Gary Oldman Dracula vibes

  7. Emster Says:

    @Biblomancer: perhaps also a sprinkle of Baron Samedi from 007

    @fred: completely distracted by the idea of Chris Walken in D2. Yay!!!

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Damn, someone beat me to the Kinder Egg joke.

    They weren’t counting on Cybersamedi! For a book in one of the founding series of cyberpunk, this doesn’t _look_ very cyberpunk: indeed, Hover Text Person [1] thinks it looks steam-punkish. One and a half out of four stars.

    (Read “Neuromancer” last year, and it’s remarkable to see all the cyberpunk tropes it originates or gives a definite form to. I’ll probably be giving this one a look eventually, along with “Mona Lisa on Overdrive”, the three of them forming what’s called the “Sprawl Trilogy.”)

    [1] I forget their name.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This is another bad cover for a good book. I mean… who thought this was a good idea (other than the artist who got paid for it).

    Looks like he’s posing with a bunch of those clear balloons with toys in them. Why? I get the Baron Samedi look, voodoo’s important in the book.

    But it don’t say “cyberpunk” at all.

  10. Francis Boyle Says:


    Isn’t William Gibson the William Gibson of being William Gibson? Having invented an entire genre he has a multitude of imitators vying for the title of the William Gibson of SF.

  11. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Bruce A Munro
    You shouldn’t let the godawful covers put you off: Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive are both better novels than Neuromancer, even if neither got the same attention.

  12. Tracy Says:

    In a very 1990s touch the good Baron is wearing a utilikilt.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: Agreed.

  14. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Count Zero says: Do NOT put Q-tips into your ear, they may cause SERIOUS damage.

  15. Leak Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: that’s where the button to reset yourself to default settings is. Don’t reset yourself to default settings.

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