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Idoru (Paperback)

Author:  William Gibson
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0425158640
ISBN-13: 9780425158647
Sku: 30066150
Publish Date: 9/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 1T
Pages:  383
Twenty-first century Tokyo. Rez, one of the world's biggest rock stars, is about to marry Rei Toei, Japan's biggest media star. The only problem is, Rei Toei--the "Idoru"--exists only in virtual reality.
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Twenty-first century Tokyo. Rez, one of the world's biggest rock stars, is about to marry Rei Toei, Japan's biggest media star. The only problem is, Rei Toei--the "Idoru"--exists only in virtual reality.In a story set in twenty-first century Tokyo, a singer pursues a beautiful media superstar--called an idoru--who does not really existIn twenty-first century Tokyo, Rez, one of the world's biggest rock stars, prepares to marry Rei Toe, Japan's biggest media star, who is known as the Idoru and who exists only in virtual reality. Reprint.
The lead singer of the rock band Lo/Rez wants to marry a computer personality construct, a decision that causes shock waves around the planet. A member of the Seattle branch of his fan club travels to Japan to determine whether the horrible rumor is true. However, can someone really marry a hologram? Is she real? And what does "real" mean anyway in the not-so-distant future?
Author Bio
William Gibson
William Gibson grew up at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, in a town he has described as the sort of place where, when the library burns down, no one rebuilds it. Reading science fiction as an escape, he quickly came to prefer the works of J. G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick to more conventional writers. At the age of 19, he dropped out of high school and went to Toronto, partly to avoid the draft. Drifting for several years, he hung around in the city's demimonde--among hippies, drug dealers, students, and the like. Eventually marrying a teacher, he began to attend college. When Gibson found himself unwilling to write a term paper for a science fiction class he had taken in the hope of an easy grade, his professor convinced him to write a story instead. After graduating with a B.A. in English literature, he became a house-husband, looking after the children while his wife worked. He began to write more frequently, finding a fan in Omni magazine's fiction editor. These early stories, which included "Johnny Mnemonic", "Fragments of a Hologram Rose", and the incendiary title story, were collected in the volume BURNING CHROME (1986), and attracted a wide following that eagerly anticipated his debut novel. When it appeared in 1984, NEUROMANCER exceeded all expectations, becoming the first book to win all of the "big three" sf awards: the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick. The novel anticipated the Internet, predicted virtual reality, coined the word "cyberspace," and quickly became one of the most, if not THE most, influential science fiction works of the latter part of the 20th century. With his next two novels, COUNT ZERO and MONA LISA OVERDRIVE, Gibson became the leading practitioner of a science fiction sub-genre known as cyberpunk, another word which has entered common usage, although not a coinage of Gibson's. After a brief stint in Hollywood, he began to feel limited by the label, and his next book, a collaboration with Bruce Sterling, was set in Victorian England. In VIRTUAL LIGHT and IDORU, Gibson continued to anticipate the near-future, predicting, among other things, the use of nanotechnology in surgery and "virtual" pop singers, a late-1990s trend in Japan. With his uncanny knack of being sometimes just days ahead of technology, Gibson remains a writer well worth watching.


Kirkus Reviews
"...highly approachable, engaging, and persuasive." 07/15/1996

New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Gibson has a remarkable insight into the minds of teen-age girls, and Chia, perhaps his most typical, is also one of his most winning creations, a Judy Blume heroine plopped down in the middle of a futuristic thriller." - Laura Miller 09/08/1996

Washington Post Book World
"`Idoru' is a prophecy, a prayer for information baths that never drown the supplicant. It is also a text on paper, beautifully written, dense with metaphors that open the eyes to the new, dreamlike intensely imagined, deeply plausible. It is a profoundly cunning advertisement for a world whose enclosed spaces--and infinite domains within the skull--we had better be prepared to join in wedlock. For "Idoru" is also a marriage song." - John Clute 10/27/1996

Times Literary Supplement
"Humour is always a saving grace in Gibson, so too is his awareness of the beauty and potential of the technological world. There are affecting bursts of lyricism, particularly over the idea of the Walled City, a "hive of dreams", revolutionary in its self-governing potential...`Idoru' confirms Gibson as, virtually, a realist writer for the post-Net generation, offering us a new mimesis that opens windows on our on-screen world." - Paul Quinn 09/27/1996

Village Voice
"Full of color, texture, and depth from beginning to end...His technology is both dazzling and disturbing. Gibson's style is vivid, graceful and dense. At the same time `Idoru' moves faster than the Roadrunner on crack. A wonderful story. Don't pass it up--even if you don't own a computer." - Poppy Z. Brite

New York Daily News
"Gibson is the Raymond Chandler of the digital age, noir master of the Web. `Idoru' is written with crackling style and hurtles forward with the speed of a bullet train."

USA Today
"Gibson fascinates us with speculation about what might be just beyond the millennium."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
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Product attributePublisher:   Berkley Publishing Group
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