Burning Chrome
March 23, 2009

Well here I come back with the last book I read in 2008… I know it’s quite late, but better late than never!

Quemando CromoOriginal title: Burning Chrome.
Spanish title: Quemando Cromo.
Author: William Gibson (USA, 1948 – ).
Content:

  • Johnny Mnemonic.
  • The Gernsback Continuum.
  • Fragments of a Hologram Rose.
  • The Belonging Kind (with John Shirley)
  • Hinterlands.
  • Red Star, Winter Orbit (with Bruce Sterling).
  • New Rose Hotel.
  • The Winter Market.
  • Dogfight (with Michael Swanwick).
  • Burning Chrome.

Year: 1986.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk.
Language: English.
Read in: Spanish.
Translation by: José Arconada and Javier Ferreira.
Publisher: Minotauro.
Pages: 200.
ISBN: 84-450-7383-4.

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Plot outline
In this short stories compilation, most of the texts are unrelated, so there’s no underlying plot connecting them. The only exceptions are Johnny Mnemonic and Burning Chrome, as both of them are set in the same universe as Neuromancer ES.

Comment without Spoilers
This collection puts together the first stories published by William Gibson, and that appeared in different magazines and science-fiction anthologies and in them we can observe how Gibson’s particular style of narration was slowly taking shape.

Several of the stories were nominated for different science-fiction awards, such as Hugo, Negula or Locus. And those were right nominations, as the quality of some of the stories is quite astounding.

The translation by José Arconada and Javier Ferreira is not bad, but sometimes the language used and the composition of the sentences seems quite artificial. Anyway, the text is good enough for it to be enjoyable.

The edition published by Minotauro is nice, although not outstanding. The printing is mostly neat and the quality of the paper good, with very whitey pages. The binding is not as robust as one might want, but it’s a pocket edition, so you can’t expect much in there.

I personally encourage the reading of this Burning Chrome, as it’s a great way to see the initial steps of Gibson, and also of seeing how the basis of the cyberpunk genre were steadily being established in the roots of the contemporary generation of science-fiction writers.

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3 Comments

Djevel

Ya he recibido tu mail en mi otro mail xDDDD

Mira, lo que te iba a decir es lo siguiente:

Sé que estás haciendo aún tus viajecitos por el viejo continente, y también sé que te gusta ir a exposiciones de arte, como bien mostraste hace tiempo al recomendar la exposición que se hizo en Madrid sobre Escher (mil gracias de nuevo por descubrirmelo)

Entonces, sólo informaba, que ahora, en el museo de El Prado, están realizando una exposición especial sobre Francis Bacon, por si no lo sabias o por si no habías tenido oportunidad de ver nada de este autor. Si te interesa, entonces que sepas que el dia 19 de abril termina la exposición y se larga a otra parte.

En caso de que te interesase, perdón por no haber informado antes, es que se me pasó. Si no interesa, pues igualmente no problem, yo informo sólo xDDD

Finalmente, decía que continuases pasandolo bien con tus viajes y que te cuidases

Fin del mensaje original xDDDDDD

Y tranquilo, que la idea era esta sólo, nada serio xD

March 23, 2009 | #

Beus

Yeaah, a ver si me lo leo ya! Tengo un taco de Gibson pendientes en mi estantería.
(Comento poco pero siempre paso por aquí xD)
Saludos!

March 23, 2009 | #

Carlos Hernandez

Djevel, si es que esto de los blogs es el mal personalizado… ¡se comen los comentarios! :P
Como ya te dije por correo… muchas gracias por comentarlo, en cuanto pueda le echaré un ojo :)

Beus, no eres la única con un taco de Gibson pendiente… ¡a ver si me pongo las pilas ya!
Y gracias no sólo por leer, sino por haberte atrevido a comentar ^_^
Por cierto, ¡no me digas que te he visto cantando en el Auditorio Nacional! :o

March 24, 2009 | #

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